Parents upset over discontinued bus route for their children
Discontinued Bus StopPhoto: Video by fox4now.com
Collier County, Fla-Some Collier County parents said a discontinued bus route is putting their children's lives at risk.
This road these moms and dads and this petition is what sparked a heated debate Monday night between collier county school school officials and concerned parents
Late last month, parents of Corkscrew elementary and middle school got a letter from the Collier County school district saying they're kids bus route would be discontinued because a newly finished construction project including sidewalks and crossing guards has made Oil Well Road safe enough to walk on. But, parent Annette Kniola doesn't see it that way
" It is like walking in the middle of nowhere, other than heavy traffic and orange groves on the other side. " Kniola said.
Parents said there aren't enough barriers to keep their children safe. Fox4 took that question to Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton.
Fox4 asked: How come there aren't any guard rails there?
"Because when you read the safety study that was done it says the county not the school system puts in guard rails because that enhancement wasnt wide enough and they need to provide extra protection for our kids. Some have guard rails some don't because in this case they're able to exceed state standards so the rails weren't needed." Dr. Patton said.
Dr. Patton said she'll take parents concerns to the county and look into adding extra lighting or guard rails. But, when it comes to busing, the state said the road is safe and her hands are tied
"People that had a bus would now either have to walk their kids or drop them off so it's understandable.
If we didn't feel like feel like the safety enhancements were safe we wouldn't do it." Dr. Patton said.
Some parents aren't giving up yet. Since the state statute says the road is safe enough to walk on they plan to take concerns to lawmakers.