New Castle News

August 15, 2013

Bus routes studied at Neshannock

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — It’s not unusual for a child in Lawrence County to ride a bus to and from school.

But one Neshannock Township school board member questioned the length of some of the rides in that district.

Dr. Richard Papa said in some cases, students who live “fairly near the school” are the first on the bus each morning and the last off at the end of the day.

Papa did not indicate he had received any complaints from parents or students, but said, “This could be seen as a form of harassment, keeping them on the bus for so long.” He added, “We must change this.”

Dr. Mary Todora, superintendent, said she will meet with bus drivers and the transportation supervisor but noted she does not know if or how existing bus routes can be improved.

In other business, the board:

•Appointed Eugene Currie for elementary gifted/enrichment activities. He will be paid $26 per hour.

•Hired two substitute nurses for the high school at $90 per day. Heather Drake will work for three days a week, Julie Morrone, two days.

•Hired Gary Wolford as a full-time bus driver.

•Hired Malinda Dess as bus monitor for special needs students.

•Agreed to provide transportation to two students to the D.T. Watson School in Sewickley. The administration will negotiate with the New Castle school district to possibly include additional students.

•Approved a 12-week family leave for Ashley Rhodes from Oct. 21 to April 25. She will use accrued sick days and personal days.