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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.


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...