Parents Are Fighting Mad over $100 School Bus Fee
Minor, Ray, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Ray Minor Daily Herald Staff Writer
Parents in Algonquin's Willoughby Farms are fighting a decision forcing them to pay $100 to bus their children to a nearby school.
The parents say Sleepy Hollow Road, which children must cross to reach Westfield Community School, is dangerous and they want Dundee Unit District 300 buses to carry the students for free.
They have a tough battle. According to state law, a student must live at least 1.5 miles from the school or travel a dangerous route before the state will reimburse the school district for a bus. If a student lives within 1.5 miles, parents must pay $100 to ride the bus.
"It's the state law and we are following the state law," District 300 deputy superintendent Fred Goering said. "To duck in and out of there with a bus is no big deal, but if we do it for free there, we would have to do it for every child in the district."
Parents counter that Sleepy Hollow Road is dangerous because it has a 45 mph speed limit and more than 300 children must cross it.
"This is unacceptable to the parents," said Sharon Valstad, who is gathering signatures on petitions to support a new bus route. …