Busing for Willow Lane Elementary Students Reinstated

Most Willow Lane Elementary School students will continue to be bused as they have been, at least for now, East Penn School District says.

The East Penn School District on Monday updated its decision regarding the controversial issue of

"The East Penn School District has postponed eliminating busing
for certain students attending Willow Lane Elementary School for the 2012-2013 school year," East Penn's Community Liaison Nicole Bloise said in a release.

The elimination of the service, which was estimated to save the district $60,000, will be treated "as an unanticipated expense that will be managed throughout the school year," Superintendent Thomas Seidenberger said.

Students who live in Brandywine Village II will be the only students who will walk to school this school year, Bloise said, because the housing development abuts the school yard. Students who live there don't have to cross any busy streets to get to school, Bloise said.

An informational meeting for parents of students who live in Brandywine Village II is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the school, she said.

Next school year -- 2013-2014 -- Bloise said busing will be eliminated for students who live in four nearby developments:

  • Beaumont at Brookside
  • Brandywine Village I
  • Brookside Farms
  • Graymoor

An informational meeting for parents of students living in these developments will be scheduled for October, she said.

Additionally, there are some students who will continue to be bused and for whom there is currently no plan to transition to walking status. This includes students who live in

  • The Fairways at Brookside
  • Brookside Estates
  • Bridal Path West
  • Penn's Meadow

PDFs containing traffic patterns and walking paths are located on the district website.

Giovanni Landi August 06, 2012 at 02:50 PM
While I'm in favor of the decision to continue busing the elementary students at Willow Lane, I wonder when the school board approved this change. I thought the board voted to cut the busing funds in the 2012-2013 budget. Isn't a vote required to reinstate the spending? If a decision was made to continue the busing, shouldn't it have been discussed at a public meeting in keeping with the sunshine act?
Susan Berger August 06, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Very happy they made this wise decision. They would have never had a sfety plan in place by the start of the school year. Now they can focus on creating what should have been created 5 years ago. Though I will admit, I am a bit upset, and can't seem to understand, that Penn's Meadow and those neighboring developments will NOT be considered walkers. That makes no sense to me. You can throw a stone from the closest townhome in Penn's Meadow and hit the school. They are much closer than the 1.3 miles away that my home is.
Knitted in the Womb August 17, 2012 at 07:38 PM
School is just a bit more than a week away...and still no bussing assignment cards have arrived at my house. Anyone else in East Penn have their bus assignments for their kids yet?
Tim August 23, 2012 at 02:51 PM
The East Penn School Board continues to profoundly demonstrate its irresponsible and reckless behavior. Having had YEARS to properly address and plan for children walking to Willow Lane elementary school they decide to, once again, throw money at the situation. Money by the way, the district cannot afford to spend indiscriminately (recklessly/irresponsibly, however you want to describe it) they should have fulfilled their obligation to the community by having a plan in place long ago. This should not be tolerated. The board will be the first to tell you that the school, all along, was planned as a “walking school” for those within a certain radius. My children are affected by this decision and they would have had to walk. I could be selfish and say it was the right decision but the reality is…the board needs to get its act together. Selfishly I can say that I’m glad bussing is in place for this year, but if I were a resident that is adamant about no bussing and the board continuing with its original plan… I would be infuriated.
optimist August 23, 2012 at 04:06 PM
The other half of the equation is the Lower Mac. board of commissioners. The 2 entities need to cooperate on a safety plan. School Districts cannot put in sidewalks, put up signs etc.


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