UPDATE: Parents Worried About School Bus Changes - WBAY

UPDATE: Parents Worried About School Bus Changes

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Parent concerns over a new way Green Bay Area School District operates school buses in the Town of Scott have led to changes in where some school buses pick up children.

In past years, some kids in the Town of Scott were able to wait in their driveways for the school bus. This school year, kids were told to walk to a neighborhood corner.

Parents protested that decision on the first day of school. That prompted the Green Bay Area Public School District make a change for those families, and allow kids to be picked up by their driveways .

The district took over bus routes this year. They said they originally changed the routes to save taxpayer money.


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Many kids around the state rode school buses as they made their way back into classrooms Tuesday.

In the Town of Scott, some parents were worried after changes were made this year, changing how their kids get to school.

"We're all very nervous," said Tracy Couillard, mom of kindergarten student.

After years of kids waiting on driveways for their school bus to arrive, they now have to walk to catch the bus.

"To the busy street. there's no sidewalks, especially in winter, they're going to have to stand in the road. it's a very busy time, a lot of traffic," Couillard said.

People here are worried because their kids need to walk to this corner, the Green Bay School District says others have been doing it for years.

"The buses themselves were zig-zagging through neighborhoods and probably not being as efficient as the district would like to see," said Patty Walschinski, GBAPS Transportation Manager.

This year the school district took over bus routes to make them more efficient and save taxpayer money.

"It does cost a lot of money for the district to route busses into neighborhoods," Walschinski said.

At gas alone costing the district more than $1 per mile, it costs about $50,000 to $75,000 to operate each bus for a year. The district said it hopes that money can be put toward saving teachers' jobs, but parents said that's not enough.

"It's very unsafe and I just don't agree with it," said Elizabeth Hujet, whose grandchildren ride a school bus.

Children as young as 4 years old walk to the bus stop.

"I don't want to put all the pressure on a fourth grader to watch, what, 12 kids," said Couillard.

Parents want the bus stop moved into the neighborhood.

Green Bay Area Public School District said student safety is its top priority.

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