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Old 08-23-2012, 09:08 AM
 
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Many parents have come to find out that they are losing their school route if they are living within 1 mile radius of school. I happen to be within one mile radius however when using the walkway and safe route to school my child will walk nearly two miles. The way the district measured this is how a CROW FLIES to school. My child will be unable to cut through people's backyards or through creeks.

For the parents who are concerned about this please join the Facebook group of parents who are trying to SOLVE the problem.

GO TO FACEBOOK, LOGIN and search for KATY BRING BACK OUR BUSES or click this link below and join!

https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/k...gbackourbuses/

If you live in Katy and your route is still available. Please be sure to check ALL grade levels.

If you feel that no impact has been made to you, count how many schools you drive by on the way to work. Be prepared to sit in congested traffic due increased carpool lines for parents dropping off their children.

If you are already a car rider for school please be informed that your line will increase.

You may not have children in school yet, don't you want this problem solved BEFORE you have to deal with it come your school year?

KATYISD BOARD MEETING TUESDAY AUGUST 28TH @ 6PM WE NEED YOU THERE!!!
6301 S. STADIUM LANE,MAIN BOARD ROOM.
LETS MAKE OUR CONCERNS HEARD AND LETS FIX THIS PROBLEM!

Last edited by movingaroundok; 08-23-2012 at 09:27 AM.. Reason: updated link and meeting notice.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:16 AM
 
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Why don't you guys just hire a private bus? Or get a job driving the bus.

State law says and pays for 2 miles from school. Any closer and transportation is getting taxpayers money that could go into the classroom.

Back in the olden days, moms would take turns walking the kids to and from school. What a concept.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:30 AM
 
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I live close to a school but didn't want my kids to walk, so I got together with some other parents and formed a car pool. There were many in the neighborhood. No one protested. We just dealt with it.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:40 AM
 
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Most school districts are starting this rule. Spring enforced it last year. Less buses on the streets but more cars.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:07 AM
 
Location: C.R. K-T
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Many parents have come to find out that they are losing their school route if they are living within 1 mile radius of school. I happen to be within one mile radius however when using the walkway and safe route to school my child will walk nearly two miles. The way the district measured this is how a CROW FLIES to school. My child will be unable to cut through people's backyards or through creeks.
This is why we need Geographers. I wonder why school districts don't hire one for situations like this? They could also help with school/facility site selection and other things to make it a full time job.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:26 AM
 
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This is why we need Geographers. I wonder why school districts don't hire one for situations like this? They could also help with school/facility site selection and other things to make it a full time job.
The way to measure is probably already spelled out by the TEA.

Most districts hire demographers who geocode every kid in the district. There is a firm at Rice and one in Bryan who do a lot of work for school districts. The also know exactly how far they are from school. My district keeps all the data under 'bonds' on their site.

Better check out those computers the district provides, too. The school can remote control the camera and monitor the kid at home.
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:16 PM
 
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Hi I am just trying to inform parents of ways to get together with other parents if they have a problem with what has been changed. I am not here to say walking or not walking is okay or if the district is good or bad. This is strictly just to inform parents that they do have other parents who are equally concerned. The changes made affects many katy residents in many different ways. I do not have a problem with walking or biking but what about bad weather? I am lucky enough that I do not work so I can pick my kids up via car. What about parents who do not have a choice and have to work? How can they ensure their child has safely gotten home if they are unable to pick them up. Not everyone has the same luxuries as anoher. Some kids have to walk by sex offender's homes to get to their house. This is a concern we want to find a solution NOT just complain. So if you want to get together with other parents to do so I posted the info.
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I work in KISD and this issue was brought up in a faculty meeting. We were told that the change was made because there are not enough qualified bus drivers in the district. There is a job fair tomorrow at Morton Ranch High School specifically to hire drivers. Concrete was being poured today at my school for sidewalks in preparation for students to walk to school next week.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:29 PM
 
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I work in KISD and this issue was brought up in a faculty meeting. We were told that the change was made because there are not enough qualified bus drivers in the district. There is a job fair tomorrow at Morton Ranch High School specifically to hire drivers. Concrete was being poured today at my school for sidewalks in preparation for students to walk to school next week.
What exactly "qualifies" someone to drive a bus? I always thought it was simply being unqualified to do anything else....
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Katy,TX.
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Why can't some of the stay home moms organize a walk to/from school group? Lord knows Katy has more than their share who could use the exercise.
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