|Published:||Aug 16, 2012 10:39 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 16, 2012 10:50 PM EDT|
ESTERO, Fl. - Lee County parents are sounding off about bus stop changes they say are putting their kids in danger. The bus used to pick up the kids inside their gated community of Stoneybrook Golf Club but now, the stop is on a busy Corkscrew Road, a spot parents say is too dangerous!
"My kid hasn't taken the bus yet..." says parent Cara Chasin.
Chazin says, that's because of where her two boys are supposed to catch it now, at a bike lane sign on Corkscrew Road.
"It's horrible... the speed of those cars... there's not a lot of space and there could be upwards of 30 to 40 kids at any given time and all you need is one kid to push a kid, a paper to go flying... one wrong move and every body's done," she adds.
Before this year, Chazin's kids caught the bus inside the Stoneybrook Gated Community. But this year, Stoneybrook families and those in a few other gated communities around the county, were told buses would no longer pick up their kids inside because it violated statutes.
"Now they're saying because of money, distance and time, they're going to pick kids out of gated communities," she adds.
In a letter to parents, the Executive Director of Transportation Services says it's district policy that students living in gated communities are required to use a bus stop on a public road near their development. But WINK News found the policy on the district website that goes on to say that bus stops can be inside the gated community if the Transportation Department determines there are no safe options close to the development.
"It's a major concern right now," says parent, Christina Richmond.
An argument these parents are fighting to win.
"It's just scary, I mean it's scary enough to send your kids to school," Chazin adds.
Those parents plan to voice their concerns at next week's school board meeting.
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