Talk Back: Should BBP Expand Transportation Limit?

Are you in favor of extending the busing program?

One of two referendums on the ballot May 15 for Bayport-Blue Point school district voters would extend the transportation limit for private and parachoial students.

The measure will cost the district an estimated $175,000 and impact approximately 32 students.

Tell Patch what you think of the proposal in the comments and by taking our poll. We'll post results next week.

NotWhoYouThinkIAm May 01, 2012 at 07:37 PM
My feeling is transportation is on the parents if they opt out of public schooling. BBP itself doesn't have busses beyond what is mandated by the state. I'd rather see bussing for in-district students that for those who leave the district.
Sandi May 01, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Yup, completely agree with you!
Suzanne May 01, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Jess O May 02, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I think you are making a blatant presumption that if a parent sends a child to private school, he/she can afford to do so. Another presumption is that perhaps that parent had a choice. What happens when the school disctrict one lives in cannot provide the “fair and appropriate” education mandated by law? It is not appropriate nor accurate to assume that private school is for the have’s versus the have not’s. And when a district cannot provide the education, there is an assumption that private school will be a solution. When we speak about transportation for these students, we also assume that every parent can afford to drive and pick up and/or afford to foot the transportation bill. Not all parents get to be stay at home parents or are lucky enough to have disposable income. Should we dismiss this kind of family? . There will always be those that view private school as an elitist act and defiance against public education, but that is not necessarily where the truth lives. And in case you were wondering...my child does not attend private school. She goes to Sylvan.
BP mom May 02, 2012 at 01:24 AM
In these hard economic times I don't think this is affordable right now. I don't feel that the taxpayers should have to pay for families choosing a private education.
oldestkt May 02, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Our district should provide transportation to the students of the district first. Which at this time there is no transportation, so why should transportation be provided to students going outside the district? In a previous comment, the point was made that the district might not provide the appropriate education. If most of the students get the appropriate education in the district then your child can get the same education in the district. I don't want to subsidize your wanting to send your child out of the district. The only reason I would vote to send a child out of the district is if that child was a special needs child! Not to send a child to private school or a parochial school!
concerned May 02, 2012 at 01:58 PM
The very simple fact that the children going to private/parochial schools saves the district millions of dollars is being over looked. At a cost per student ratio the buses are a far better choice of spending than if those students became public school students. @ approx.$15,000+ PER STUDENT per year, just do the math! Aside from the ramifications to the sacred sports programs, with all the fine atheltes that could flood the public school program, parents of private/parochial students still pay the same tax rate the rest of us do, so we should be thankful some people make the choice to educate outside the district...$175,000 for buses sure beats the MILLIONS we could be spending...the effect of spreading thin of all programs(music,arts,sports) in the district...the added cost of more teachers, salaries,pensions ...... It is a simple math equation!
Vito May 02, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I agree with much of what "concerned" wrote, but also see that now is a tough time to be asking for anything that would cost even $1 more. Too many people are in a "no" frame of mind regardless of whether it is the fair or right thing to do.
concerned May 02, 2012 at 02:43 PM
It only takes 12 students to leave the district...with the greater distance available we may actually break even and those kids in B-BPt. could potentially benefit...someone might get to sing or play where there wasn't room! This is not about who can afford the options of private/parochial, but should be about who can not afford the option to keep these kids going out of district! Let's cut the buses for sports teams to travel...it only benefits THE FEW who choose to play, not the whole district, or maybe we could consolidate staff duties some where in the system....petty when you start to analize it. If all the out of district families stop supporting the entire budget ALL will suffer.
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