Byline: Jeffrey Gaunt Daily Herald Staff Writer
Parochial school parents angry over a new bus system in Community Unit School District 300 may soon have other choices when it comes to when and where their kids are dropped off in the afternoon.
Parochial and public school officials in District 300 have been hashing out a plan to add four new afternoon bus routes that would take parochial students directly from their schools to their neighborhoods.
Under the plan now, which has drawn heavy criticism from parents, the roughly 500 parochial students ride afternoon shuttle buses to neighborhood middle schools, then take another bus home with public school kids.
Parochial school parents have argued the system is unsafe and unfairly leaves their children on buses longer than public school kids.
In the past, parochial school students had their own designated buses, which were eliminated this year to save the district roughly $434,000.
Parents shouldn't expect the new bus plan - if approved - to be a cure-all, however, District 300 spokeswoman Darlene Johnson said.
"I think it's difficult to understand until you really put it in place," Johnson said.
Students who ride the new buses may have to walk farther to get home because they would likely be dropped off in communal areas, like entrances to subdivisions. …