|Published:||May 17, 2012 6:05 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 17, 2012 6:05 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- There's a bitter battle happening between parents in one Lee County community and the school district. Families in the Cross Creek neighborhood are outraged the school buses that used to go inside the gated community are now picking up their kids on busy Daniels Parkway during rush hour.
Children ranging from elementary school to high school wait for the bus along this highly-traveled road.
Lee County school children, who live in Cross Creek Estates, are used to their bus picking them up inside the community, but that all changed Thursday morning.
Earlier this school year, their home owners association approached the district about buses on their private streets.
The district says transportation met for approximately two hours with the Cross Creek manager and a representative of their homeowners' association, addressing the issue that school buses were entering their private community without written permission.
Lee County was already in the process of implementing a new policy that students living in private developments must be picked up on a public road near the neighborhood, in this case, the bustling Daniels Parkway.
A total of nine buses have been pulled from Cross Creek. Surrounding neighborhoods on Daniels and US 41 are seeing the same change.
While the district maintains stopping all lanes of traffic on a busy roadway is safer than making a turn from the sub-division, some parents still won't give the green light.
All of the changes will be fully implemented in all affected neighborhoods for the upcoming school year.