|Published:||Sep 25, 2012 10:32 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 25, 2012 11:06 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A bus stop battle in Lee County continues as parents and students challenge the school district over safety. They're concerned about bus stops on what they call busy and dangerous roads.
Tonight, we've learned the stops in question will remain under review. Dozens of concerned parents and students begged district leaders tonight to consider the safety of children, saying too many kids have already gotten hurt.
For now, Dr. Burke says buses are supposed to continue to pick up children inside the communities.
One by one parents like April Evans voiced concerns to the school board over a bus stop battle."Where our kids have to stand theres' no sidewalks, no leeway for anything to prevent a car from hitting my children," she said.
Eight gated communities and nine bus stops are in question. At the beginning of this year, school leaders moved those stops along busy roads to follow school policy, because an earlier study found the stops to be safe.
But many parents fought those results and the board decided to take another look at these stops and their own policy.
And tonight parents continue to challenge the safety study. One woman voiced concerns after she spotted an alligator in a canal where her children wait for the bus. "How far away does an alligator have to be to be considered safe for our students?" she asked.
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Burke says he's been speaking with many of the homeowners associations and admits this is a real public safety issue. He says the school district needs to take a closer look before anything is set in stone.
"Certainly we've had a lot of input and I think its been very valuable input. We need to get some more data and then we need to come back to the board," said Dr. Burke.
He also says there will be a special bus safety review committee which will meet and tackle this issue head on. he said there hasn't been a committee like that since 2004.