Preview: Riverhead to address overcrowded bus complaints

09/23/2014 2:00 PM |
Ten students board a school bus at Hulse Avenue and 17th Street last morning. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Ten students board a school bus at Hulse Avenue and 17th Street last morning. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Weeks after a couple of Wading River parents told school board members their children’s bus was overcrowded — to the point that some children sit in the aisle on their way to school — the district is expected to speak about transportation in the schools after looking into the problem.

Doreen Moore and Allyson Matwey said that while district policy calls for three children to a seat, the 11 kids at the second-to-last stop en route to the Pulaski Street and Middle Schools are much too big to fit on the bus at the tail end of the route.

While 62 kids are on the route for that bus — which is supposed to fit 66 kids once backpacks, sports equipment, musical instruments and the like are added in, there isn’t any room for kids to sit on seats.

“You can’t accommodate three children to a seat,” Ms. Matwey said at the board of education’s last meeting on Sept. 9.

Ms. Carney told her that some children have simply refused to share their seats, which poses a problem. She told a reporter if the district were to reduce their requirements from three to two children per seat, then the district would “need to purchase many more large buses and hire many more drivers.”

A more in-depth analysis will be presented at tonight’s board meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Philips Avenue School.

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