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It just makes no sense

The process of trying to get Andy educated continues to be a massive pain in the tush. 

Last week I went to get the packet of information to get him registered at the local elementary school for kindergarten.  It's literally on the same road as my backyard, on the other side of this small town.  I Mapquested it earlier today... it's 1.95 miles away.

But that's not the school he will go to.  Get this, he has to go to a school NINE MILES away because for some reason, all the kids from this development get bussed to this other "historic" school-- a building that looks like it's at least 100 years old and is scheduled to be demolished in 2010.  Just long enough to force Andy to go there.  I am NOT happy about this.  I have issues with school buses as it is and now they're telling me I have no choice but to put him on a bus, driven by a stranger, to go 10 miles twice a day?  

Point A is the school near us.  Point B is our house and Point C is the school that he's supposed to attend.  To add even more insult to industry, there's an even closer school to us in Womelsdorf, but because that's just across the border into Berks County, we can't even consider that one.  

I don't know what to do.


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Mar. 25th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
Can't you petition it or something? That doesn't seem right.
Mar. 29th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
I have to call the school board and see if there's anything I can do. This issue has apparently been a huge fight and struggle in the area and there are smart people on both sides of the argument.
Mar. 25th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Are there any waivers or voucher thingies that PA does?

Or is there anything nifty that the close school has that the faraway school does not, that you could work into an education plan for him, like certain educational facilities?
Mar. 29th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
Not really. My issue with this is mainly my control issues about busing. I'm not really keen on putting my kids on a bus where they aren't going to be heavily supervised, bouncing over the windy, twisty, hilly roads through the farmland. I'm not really keen on putting my kids in vehicles with other people driving, beyond the circle of close friends and family. So if I'm going to have to deal with busing, I'd prefer a shorter distance over a longer one.

The other concern I have is that school is usually how you find out about local activities like soccer and t-ball and scouting. Is the further school going to provide me with info about my town's activities or theirs? Is Andy not going to have as much opportunity to make friends with more local kids (outside our development) because they go to FZ and he'll be at Schaefferstown.

Mar. 29th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Having ridden a lot of buses I can understand the aversion! Well, if you can't get out of it, I guess it is good that that school is closing...
Mar. 25th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
I am confused and sorry. :(

(I was bussed an hour, for desegregation reasons, as a kid. Blah!)
Mar. 29th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
It's just all a major pain in the ass. I want to look into private kindergarten at a day care center because apparently, this district is only half day kindergarten. More $$$ but worth it, IMHO.
Mar. 26th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
why do you not want him to attend the other school? Have you looked into how long the bus ride will be, he may not be on the bus any longer going to the slightly farther school if you factor in p/u and d/o's and stuff. Maybe the K teachers at the school farther away rock. :-) It might not be too bad.
Mar. 29th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
It's about my control issues over putting kids on the bus and also of not wanting him to have to deal with new schools over and over. Only kindergartners get shuffled off to this distant school. After next year, it's being torn down so he's going to one school now, would go to the distant school for kindergarten and then change again for first grade. Andy is not so good with change and I'd really prefer to see a little more stability for him.

With luck and hard work, we'll be moving before school starts and all this stress becomes a moot point.
Mar. 27th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
I know that you if you ask and usually it may cost extra you can request to go to a different school, its what i almost did in IL. Talk to both the schools and possibly the school board and ask what your options are other then private?
Mar. 29th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Worth a shot, right?
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