Neighbors floundering after bus route cuts

In Manvel, Pearland by Reporter NewsLeave a Comment

By NICOLE JONES

A decision by Alvin ISD to cut bus services to some students hasn’t gone over well with parents.

Parents in Rodeo Palms subdivision who live within a 2-mile radius of their children’s schools said they received notices in mid-July that their bus riders would now be walkers.

“We have Section 8 housing. There are a lot of parents who work who may not have transportation to take their children to school,” Rodeo Palms resident Denise Ivy told Alvin ISD trustees during the Aug. 13 board meeting. “I don’t know if these are things you thought about before you decided to cut transportation.”

Some of the families in the neighborhood are outside the two-mile radius designated as ineligible for bus service by the school district.

“There is already going to be a bus coming to the neighborhood to take those children to Jeter, so I’m just wondering why this decision was made,” Ivy said. “I’m just wondering why you made that decision one month before school started considering our area and the needs that it has.”

The district is offering bus service for a fee, but some parents said these are cost prohibitive. Another parent said she would have to give up her job to get her son to school on time.

“You’re failing this community,” Unique Grosenheider told the board, “and you’re failing them terribly.”

The board during that meeting approved a $20 million contract for construction of an

E.C. Mason replacement campus in Manvel. The rebuilding of the elementary school campus is among the first of projects funded through $480.5 million in bonds approved by voters last year. Construction is expected to take up to 18 months. The new school will be a two-story, 103,000-square-foot campus. 

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