Parents Promise to Restore Bus Service
Rioseco, Alicia, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Alicia Rioseco Daily Herald Staff Writer
Michael Diamond rarely lets his 10-year-old cross the street alone.
But now, he's faced with sending his son across at least eight intersections and along heavily traveled Schick Road to get to school since bus service was cut this year.
"I feel it's too dangerous," Diamond said. "Nobody wants to let their children walk to school, there's too many hazards."
Until this year, Diamond and other Mayfair Station subdivision parents counted on bus service to get their children to Prairieview Elementary School. They qualified for bus service because the subdivision was deemed to be in a hazardous traffic area.
Homeowners off Schick Road believed they'd always have bus service. But with the construction of sidewalks, Elgin Area Unit District 46 officials cut off bus service for the Hanover Park residents. School officials say the area no longer ranks as a safety hazard. Only kindergartners returning home from school are eligible for bus service.
"Everybody was used to having busing, but a lot of those (safety) issues have been cleared up," said school board member Glen Murphy.
Because the school is less than 1 1/2 miles away, students either have to walk or get a ride. State law does not require school districts to provide bus service within 1 1/2 miles of school.
"It would be nice if we could do things in isolation," said Peter Lueck, south area superintendent. "But when you look at fairness across the district you can't do that."
Residents, however, disagree. …