MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The Mamaroneck Board of Education’s Transportation Subcommittee released new recommendations on services for private/parochial school students and will use them to guide a discussion at Tuesday’s board meeting.
The recommendations, which follow many months of work, suggest eliminating late buses for the 2013-14 school year whenever it would be reasonable and would save money. Additionally, the committee recommends postponing any further changes in district transportation (such as having some private school students use public transportation) until the 2014-15 school year.
“While recognizing that many families have made tuition deposits to nonpublic schools for the 2013-2014 school year based on their belief that the district would offer private busing as it has in the past, the board should not eliminate private transportation to nonpublic schools for the 2013-2014 school year for any student who requested it by the April 1 deadline (assuming that the student meets mileage requirements as stated in the law and any other prerequisites under current practice)," the recommendations say.
According to New York state law , all non-city school districts must provide transportation to nonpublic school students in grades K-8, who live more than 2 miles from school but no more than 15 miles, and students in grades 9-12, who live more than 3 miles but no more than 15 miles from school.
The board will continue its review of transportation for private/parochial school students at 7:30 p.m. in the Tiered Classroom at Mamaroneck High School. A public comment period will be held from 8 to 8:30 p.m. After taking public comment, the board will engage in further discussion.
The Transportation Subcommittee suggests that it work with the administration over the summer to look at which private bus routes could be eliminated for the 2014-15 school year, with the goal of making a recommendation to the full board in early fall. The committee will consider how best to involve the community in the analysis.
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