LEUSD School Bus Service Still In Limbo

Currently, district staff is preparing an update and is looking at the feasibility of offering at least some routes to serve geographically remote students.

For Lake Elsinore Unified School District parents who are wondering about school bus service for their kids this upcoming year, the issue is still being considered.

Currently, district staff is preparing an update and is looking at the feasibility of offering at least some routes to serve geographically remote students.

It is expected that a special district meeting, open to the public, will be announced before the Aug. 13 start of school to discuss the options.

Bus service for special needs students is not affected by the cuts.

The draconian measure was triggered by Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to cut for the upcoming school year.

However, the $496 million in funding was restored by the governor and he signed the state’s 2012-13 budget last month, but the level of spending presumes passage by voters in November of an education financing package known as AB 1476. If the measure fails, K-12 education faces mid-year budget cuts that could impact the district.

LEUSD officials have warned they are proceeding with caution given the uncertainty on state funding.

Patch posts LEUSD meeting notices and will keep readers updated on any special meeting that is called.

Titan Mom! July 23, 2012 at 06:41 PM
The board should bring all routes back. How can you justify the kids at canyon lake deserve a ride but the kids off grand can walk on grand ave specially when you took their home school away.
Titan Mom! July 23, 2012 at 06:44 PM
That's desegregation.
justme July 24, 2012 at 12:13 AM
some wildomar kids have to go to canyon lake middle school which makes no sense. Why not redraw district lines...
Diana July 24, 2012 at 12:53 AM
School starts August 13th and I see that all of the officials have spent the Summer creating sidewalks, crosswalks etc., to provide safety for these kids to walk to school NOT, if I were a parent of a child that had to walk to school down Grand or Riverside Dr for that matter I would be screaming at the top of my lungs at the City Manager, Council and the School Board, this is just wrong in too many ways.
William July 24, 2012 at 02:20 AM
This is the most insane “cut” the district can possibly make. To make education mandatory, and eliminate means of transportation for our children is just unthinkable! The majority of todays families require both parents to hold full time jobs, making it nearly impossible to provide the needed transportation to and from school. Diana, I completely agree with you, this is wrong!! 100% WRONG!
Naylene July 24, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Yes I totally agree with William. They have money for other stupid things but not for the children safety?!?! >=\
Roadeo Driver July 24, 2012 at 03:16 AM
This has been the concern for a lot of people for months. When they made the decision to eliminate home to school we tried to get them to realize the dangers involved with the action. As for the sidewalks...I have yet to see a completed sidewalk, only corners are complete and that was not a result of the district working with the city. The curb and gutter had to have been in the planning for a long time, there is no way the city had time to set that in motion due to the elimination of the buses. (although conveniently coincidental) Lets hope they realize their wrong and make it right for all.
QUEEN July 24, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Redoing the boundaries is already in the works! How would you like having to send your student to a school that doesn't make the grade?So, as far as boundaries go it has to meet several requirement before they can consider redoing them...So, careful what we wish for It could bite!!!
Rmiller July 24, 2012 at 06:49 PM
hey 8 million dollars spent on the lake, but no money for school transportation??? lets really think whats important here? the tourist or the future of the kids in our community. Bring back the buses!! come on the stray & unwanted animals are being better accomidated here!!!
QUEEN July 24, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Everyone needs to go to the upcoming school board meeting,spread the words in your neighborhoods, If you can't personally show up send someone in your place,It will be open to the public ask your kids to voice theyr'e concerns and speak directly to the board!
Diana July 24, 2012 at 09:19 PM
It is my understanding that the City has nothing to do with the school bus system and weather they are provided or not, this matter is the School Board and the State. Complaining to the City to bring back the buses is a waste of time, however complaining to them about crosswalks, sidewalks etc., is their responsibility. The sidewalks along Riverside Dr have been approved for over a year now, why is the City taking so long to get them installed?
Rachel Fox July 25, 2012 at 06:48 PM
No busses is unfair and unsafe. There are a lot of hills in our district with blind corners and blind slopes (plus some of them are very steep) and many places without sidewalks, on many streets a lot of students would have to walk on where cars travel between 40-60 MPH... CHILDREN walking next to cars at 60 MPH with no sidewalks and blind spots is NOT A GOOD IDEA. What is the school district going to do when the first kid that is walking 4.5 miles home in 100 degree heat gets creamed while walking uphill on a road without a sidewalk by a car traveling 60 MPH (as could be an actual scenario with my son)? He could quite literally be killed! I think it would make an interesting law suit, they are required to go to school by law but no transportation is available. Take them you say? We live in a community where the majority of adults commute 45 minutes plus to jobs else where. My husband and I both work well over an hour away. Carpool/Catch a ride with someone else you say? What if you don't know anyone who can take their kids either because everyone that can drive works an hour plus away like you do! Despite this not being a good idea, if the budget cut is really needed, we all better be careful what we wish for because if they do bring busses back what will get cut instead? Odds are it will be something just as important, if not more so.
Titan Mom! July 26, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Redoing the boundries is a joke. They spent all that money on a program and administrator just to realize it doesnt work. Some schools will be overflowed while others will need attendence. Most students will not change schools, Specially when their already attending a certain school with programs that the district only offers at that school. The district tried to make k thru 8th schools, but quickly realized this would cost more than bringing back bussing. This is the problem with too many chiefs who make over $100,000, making quick decisions without any investigating or research. You wonder what qualifies them to earn that much when they don't even have common sense. I hope this new super has more common sense and cleans house. In the meeting when the board approved eliminating home to school transportation, they approved a very expensive program to redo boundries. In the end waisteful spending. That could have saved a couple drivers jobs and a couple hundred students rides to school.
Titan Mom! July 26, 2012 at 01:43 AM
lmas....it takes the district 6 months to change a light bulb in the halls of the high school, just to realize it was the wrong size. They wont be making any sidewalks. the city wont either.They will need to hire traffic control, and extra administrators at the school cites to make sure the kids get to school safley at 5;00 a.m. The parents that commute will be dropping them off so early to make it to OC in time for work.
Titan Mom! July 26, 2012 at 01:51 AM
The city had a meeting with head officicials and school district a couple months ago, but convienently scheduled it in the afternoon, with no warning, so know one could come and voice their concerns. Just like what the administrators did to the parents when the board voted to eliminate bussing. Shame on the city for believing the district and their lies. You would think they would read up on the budget from Gov Brown and know the facts. Meeting of the minds..What was accoplished, but alot of wasteful time and money on BS!! I hope this new super cuts down on all the ridiculious meetings the administrators have during the year. Then their wouldnt be any lawsuits on inappropriate behavior. Another cost the tax payers will be eating!!!
Diana July 26, 2012 at 01:55 AM
@US Citizen, this is a really sad situation especially for us that live in a rural area and they have built schools on Main drags and highways, I sure hope that something comes out positive in the next few days for the kids sake.
Diana July 26, 2012 at 01:56 AM
BTW Gerry Brown needs his a@@ kicked for cutting these buses, he should of went after the welfare program instead.
QUEEN July 26, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Rachel everything you are concerned with has been brought to the attention of the board the only response is we just Don't have the money! I can only urge you to show up on Monday,at 5pm and let the board know your concerns. Somehow the board has overlooked the area is still very rural,with over 100 predators,not to mention all those who have yet to be identified. We have had several near abductions in broad daylight! It's easy to say walk ,ride a bike,carpool but if a child is killed even with the best intentions, It is a life we can never replace!
andy July 26, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I consider free public transportation to school a form of Welfare. Anyway, California spends tens of billions on education each year and I don't understand why there isn't any money left for busing. Instead of getting rid of busing - if they were smart and truly had the children's interest at heart, they would have chosen instead to close the district office and decentralize the administration and give the principals and the teachers greater control of their schools. The area is too unevenly developed and the schools too big and too spread out which makes busing pretty much essential to the task of making sure the kids are attending school and educated. In my opinion, we should learn from this and require future community developers to build in their tract housing smaller community based schools where kids can walk and not need buses.
andy July 26, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Rmiller, you hit the nail on the head.


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