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LEUSD Outlines School Bus Service Plan

“Listening to community concerns, we believe transporting students who live in remote areas is the priority need,” said LEUSD Governing Board President Sue Scott.


The following is a news release from the Lake Elsinore Unified School District:

The Lake Elsinore Unified School District Governing Board will consider temporarily restoring bus service to accommodate over 2,000 students living in geographically remote areas during If approved, limited home-to-school bus service would be provided during the first semester of school, from August 13 until December 21, 2012.

The Special Meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the new board room, located at 545 Chaney Street. The public is invited to attend.

“In February, the Governing Board directed staff to reexamine home-to-school transportation options for the 2012-13 school year, contingent on funding availability,” said President Susan E. Scott.

The district was forced to cut home-to-school busing last February due to state budget cuts. “Listening to community concerns, we believe transporting students who live in remote areas is the priority need,” said President Scott.

Special Education transportation was not affected by the February decision, and will continue for qualified students, based on their IEP (Individualized Education Programs).

Approximately $350,000 in one-time unrestricted general fund revenue is available to restore limited busing during the first semester of school. Funding would come from a vacancy in the Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services position that will remain unfilled, and restructuring a copier and printer lease agreement.

An estimated 2,073 students could be served using 12 bus drivers and 12 clean-burning CNG buses on an interim basis. If ridership exceeds bus capacity, a waiting list would be created.

Bus passes would be available for one semester only (August—December) at the current price of $175 per semester, avoiding any fee increase for now.

Service would cover geographically remote areas, those with extraordinary topography, traffic conditions, and/or long distances that preclude walking or bicycling to school.

Staff has recommended a plan that identifies five “geographically remote areas” and nine “distance areas” (shown on the next page) for an estimated total ridership of 2,073 students.

Geographically Remote Areas and Estimated Student Ridership

1.            The Farm (209 students, grades K-12)

2.            Ortega Hwy (40 students, grades K-12)

3.            Horsethief Canyon (191 students, grades 9-12)

4.            City of Canyon Lake (611 students, K-12)

5.            Meadowbrook and Greenwald (257 students, K-12)


Distance Areas and Estimated Student Ridership:

1.            Sedco Hills to CLM (129 students, grades 6-8)

2.            Canyon Ranch to RRE (89 students, grades K-5)

3.            Canyon Ranch to CLM (40 students, grades 6-8)

4.            Canyon Hills to EHS (112 students, grades 9-12)

5.            Canyon Estates to CLM (75 students, grades 6-8)

6.            Grand Avenue between Jamison St. & Shoreline Dr. to LVS only (121 students, K-8)

7.            Grand Avenue between LVS & Pederson to LHS only (87 students, grades 9-12)

8.            The Grove to EES (38 students, grades K-5)

9.            Tuscany Hills to CLM (74 students, grades 6-8)

If approved this evening, a communications plan that includes special route maps, bus pass information, ridership eligibility requirements, and frequently asked questions will begin immediately to promote the limited availability of home-to-school bus transportation this semester.

Constant Comment July 31, 2012 at 02:53 AM
American Girl, I like your concept of 'poolin' it. But how many kids can you fit on one stolen bicycle & 1 skateboard? }~)
Constant Comment July 31, 2012 at 03:00 AM
AG, as much as don't like some of the people on here, i would never wish that anyone ever broke a hip. I am currently convalescing myself, & believe me it is no fun!
Constant Comment July 31, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Hmmm, single parent.......simple.....don't have kids if you're in an unstable relationship, or don't have a 'loss of a parent' insurance if that is the case, I don't know .Bottom line is you DON'T have the money that it takes. Usually people get that college education & a good job before they start having kids. All boils down to planning. Logical. Simple.
Constant Comment July 31, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Hit a nerve UN? I did not grow up rich. I made my own way by working hard. My kids aren't spoiled because I was a good parent & taught them ethics.Things don't just happen either. Things do turn to crap when you don't take good care of them....such as parental relationships. Financial independence comes from hard work & planning. If tragedy strikes my family, it wouldn't have any affect on my finances. If it does to you, you might want to check out different insurances. Thats what its for. If you can't afford say, auto insurance, & you get into a wreck that messes up your back, you got no one else to blame for not being fully & financially secure. That has nothing to do with being fortunate. Thats called planning. I don't have to ask God for mercy cause thats a cheap cop out. GOD helps those that help themselves. Good luck!
Roadeo Driver July 31, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Wow, most of you need to create a bitch blog where you can attack one another. I am a firm believer in freedom of speech but I also believe (as adults) you need to be respectful to the topic at hand and express concerns (not opinions) to the subject. I also think that if it does not effect you, than you should respect those with concerns that will be effected, regardless of circumstance. This is about children's safety not your bashing opinions of today's society. Were any of you in attendance at the board meeting tonight to hear the parents pleas? The two income family that pay their way AND paid for bus passes now have two children that will have to walk to school (one 2 1/2 hrs. one way) or the family that bought a house here 7 mo. ago and were told they would have busing for their kids. What about the hard working man that was in tears about his sons having to walk down dangerous roads for their education? How is a woman who must have her child at school at 8:00am, only to find out that her special needs child will need to meet the bus at home at the exact same time going to work out that scheduled? Before you go blasting derogatory comments about the wrong doings in others lives, perhaps you should sit back and read your post. They say a great deal about you as a person as well.


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