Discussion about Washington County school bus rules postponed

November 07, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- A discussion about possible changes to a school bus rule that has angered some parents of Washington County Public Schools students was rescheduled Thursday.

The Washington County Board of Education's policy committee decided last week to discuss during a public meeting Thursday the transportation policy that was changed earlier this year to allow for only one morning bus stop and one afternoon bus stop.

Two opponents of the policy who attended last week's committee meeting arrived Thursday expecting to hear discussion on the topic.

However, the transportation policy had not been added to the meeting agenda. The School Board voted to amend the agenda to include it.

The meeting ran long, and with School Board members due at a reception for school principals at 4:30 p.m., the transportation discussion was stricken from the agenda.


It will be discussed at a Nov. 18 public meeting, board members said.

Board President Roxanne R. Ober said the item was missing on the day's agenda because of an "oversight."

Colleen Winters, a parent, and Sharon Harrison, the grandmother of children affected by the new busing policy, said they were frustrated after waiting for the policy discussion that was postponed.

"It was not on the agenda like it was supposed to be," Harrison said.

Winters and Harrison said they were hopeful that with two newly elected school board members, the policy could be changed as soon as December to include two morning and two afternoon bus stops.

Both said they would attend the Nov. 18 public meeting when the transportation policy, and some possible changes, are expected to be discussed.

If you go ...

What: Washington County Board of Education meeting where the school bus transportation policy is expected to be discussed

When: Nov. 18, 6 p.m.

Where: Washington County Public Schools central office, 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown

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