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Missing the mark on busing

Late buses are causing headaches for students and teachers.

Madisyn Slater, Staff Writer

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The busing system. How do people really feel about it? We got the point of view from both student and faculty. What do they have to say about it?

Recently Superintendent of Hillsborough County Schools Jeff Eakins, has adjusted the transportation system and it has affected students, parents and even faculty in the schools. Although there were a good bunch of adjustments to the system the main focus is the busing. It fell apart like dominos, starting with decreasing the amount of bus drivers leading up to less buses. Now there is not enough room for all of the students causing bus drivers to travel out of their route to pick up kids that the others buses couldn’t get.

Now how exactly does this affect everyone? Starting with the bus drivers, they now have to go out of their regular route and do more work. Is this fair? This now leads up to students being late, sometimes missing breakfast and even their first period. How does this affect faculty? Now teachers have to re-teach lessons to the late students due to busing. This affects people like Mr. Young, the AP who’s in charge of the buses, and now has to stay and wait for the buses to all come and go.

Now what do the students who ride the bus have to say about this? Magnet student Sachia Setia says, “The bus is horrible…there’s no air sometimes.” It can even get so extreme as to literally having no where to sit. “I had to sit on the floor,” says student Jaden Bute.

Here we have the bus driver making his way down the aisle trying to find space for the students.

It’s not all negative opinions. Magnet student Anthony deMicco says that although his bus is crowded, being mad about won’t really help the situation. “It’s public transportation, what can you really do about it?” says deMicco.

Then Mr. Young was asked about how he felt about it. “It’s not fair to the students” says Young. Claiming that they deserve to get their education but they can’t exactly do so when the buses don’t get them to school on time.

Although a negative outlook can be put can be put on this situation, Mr. Young chooses a more positive route. “My favorite part of the day is greeting the kids.” The flawed system allows more time for student-teacher relationships to be built.

 

Finally, when asked if the chance was given to change the busing system, Young said he would by arranging the bell schedule around to allow buses more time to pick-up all the students and get them to school before their first period. Hillsborough has yet to make any changes on this system but changes will be coming next year.

Students finally being seated after a long struggle to create space.

 

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