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Patch Question: Thoughts on Walking to School After Bus Cuts

Although there is a possibility of transportation to go back to it originally was, there was no bus service for some students on the first day.

While there is a new vote on the bus referendum set for Sept. 19, .

Did your kids have to walk to school when they never did before? If so, how was the walk to school for your kids? Were there crossing guards at dangerous intersections?

Let us know in the comments.

Concerned Mother September 20, 2011 at 01:08 PM
Thank You to all that went out to Vote Yesterday! Smithtown has spoken and thankfully we have chosen the saftey of our children was more important then the money we would save by putting them in harms way. THANK YOU!! ;)
Argile September 20, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Guess what Marion, I'm union. And you know what else, I hate it. One word Marion, meritless pay raises. And you know what else? Because of our union's greed we are forced to have furlough days, increased healthcare benefits, and lag pay. But you know what, I'm not complaining. Our other union minions are bitching but I'm not surprised. Greed rears it's ugly head. Oh by the way, I didn't pick my job because it was "union." I had to be in the union to work there whether I liked it or not. That proves the deep corruption of unions today.
Marion Knott September 20, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Rob, For your information, furlough days have nothing to do with teachers' pay. Here in San Francisco we have furlough days; it's probably in most states. It's the overall state of the economy. Of course some teachers shouldn't have their jobs but I truly believe they are in the minority. Think of all the teachers you have had and while most were adequate in your mind, I bet few were really outstanding. One granddaughter had a teacher that did her nails while teaching, planned her marriage and I'm sure she was the exception. Whenever we had a problem with one of our kids' teachers, we arranged a meeting, first with the teacher and then with the administrator. Five kids, eleven living grandchildren. Most had adequate teachers and some were outstanding. Only one or two were really terrible. It's up to the administrators to make sure that they don't just automatically tenure teachers. Too bad you were forced to join a union. I appreciate your comments.
Amy Hennig September 20, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Robkoz, yes I own a home in Smithtown and have 3 small children. I do not get my nails and hair done, and do not take lavish vacations. I stay home with my children. I am committed to them fully until they are older. I breast fed all three. I have a masters degree and will return to work later. I give up a lot for my children. I would not trade it for the world. I do not expect the community to pay for the care of my children. I would only hope for the best education to be provided. Not sports, not buses, not full day kindergarten, not before and after care. Just a good education.
GARY SCHULTZ September 28, 2011 at 03:16 AM
Amy, if you believe an education is just in a classroom, then I feel sorry for how your children will be growing up. Sports and extracurricular activities are immensely important to a child's education. As far as asking the schools to take care of my children instead of my wife and I, that is not close to what I am saying. I will assume your master's degree is not in economics, since you don't seem to realize that cutting my services I pay for and increasing my costs (my RE Taxes have doubled in 10 years) is not an acceptable practice. And where was this busing savings going? To the school's "slush fund". Just what we want. More monies to be misused with no accountability. We pay good money to entrust our schools with our children, my 3 children, that I will do anything to protect, including my wife taking additonal work to afford living in a school district where this was a priority, not to have her nails done. Don't assume that because you breast fed your children and are lucky enough to not need to work, that you somehow care about your children more than the rest of us. Hopeful your children get some time outside of the classroom so they don't grow up with your same pompous attitude.

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