Gary schools holding forum on buses
by Carole Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org/302-0949 August 5, 2013 5:44PM
Updated: September 7, 2013 6:17AM
GARY — Gary Community School Corp. officials hope to avoid the student busing debacle that plagued the first critical months of school last year.
At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the district is hosting the first of two public transportation forums. Tuesday’s session is at Wirt-Emerson School for Visual and Performing Arts, 200 N. Grand Boulevard and the 6 p.m. Friday session is at the West Side Leadership Academy, 900 Gerry St.
A press release from the district said parents from any school in the district are invited to discuss their transportation concerns, receive bus route information and learn the expectations for students riding a bus. School begins in Gary on Aug. 21.
Despite the problems last year that left parents fuming and students unable to either get to school or get home, the school board decided in May to stick with the Illinois Central Bus Co.
By a 4-3 vote, the board awarded a three-year $14.7 million contract to the Illinois Central.
At one point last fall, the complaints from parents grew so loud that Superintendent Cheryl L. Pruitt boarded a bus herself at the Banneker Achievement Academy and rode home with students to view the problems.
A tiered schedule was blamed for the problems last year and officials are working to make sure there’s adequate time for children to get to school and to return home.