LSTA Director Avraham Krawiec: Looking forward to a Healthy Busing System; Update

busing drill school bus1- I recognize the frustration that this liftoff has caused all of us. I know it I feel it and I hear it. This liftoff of an entity this size just plain and simple takes time. This effort is a four months yearly effort that is being crammed into a couple of weeks due to the landscape that this entity evolved from. Iyh as we travel down this bumpy road together the hope is for a day when a healthy system of busing will be ours. A time when buses are routed and bid in April and May when the vendors have the security to know that business will available to them in Lakewood to bus our kids and they as well will invest here and stay here.

2- We have bidding Friday and Monday to hopefully close out the bidding. After that, the vendors will get together and see what openings or parts of openings they have and they will collaborate with each other. I am awaiting final word from a past vendor as to how many buses he can give to our market this season.

3- All stop requests changes are being logged by the LSTA OFFICE and we will get to it as soon as we are able to put more of our students on buses.

4- We are trying our best to respond to all the emails and phone calls that are coming our way and be communicative.

5- I thank the vendors for working with our community to be flexible as we build up more routes and kids on buses.

6- We have climbed many mountains in this effort but we have a lot more to accomplish. All ideas are always welcomed. I thank those who have offered assistance and ideas in this effort. I personally welcome them very much.

7- Some schools are paying and contracting for private busing please be aware that it doesn’t fall under the purview of the LSTA. There are schools that have their own bus companies and do fall under the LSTA.

8- As always, for a quicker response please email [email protected]

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for your efforts.

    Can you help explain why is it crammed to the last few days ? Why can this process start earlier and thus avoid the mess we’re in?

    It not just frustrating, it’s negligence. We elect officials to handle these things. Where have they been the last few months?

  2. People just don’t understand. Courtesy busing was gone. This bill was approved in Mid August. That gave them about 2 weeks to do what normally takes 3 to 4 months. Its impossible to do in 2 weeks.

  3. This is like the bread lines in soviet Russia, the result of a socialist approach. If the bus companies know they can profit by providing the service, there will be no shortage.

  4. Mandatory bussing would have applied to my family and to the families of those in my neighborhood – a great many who do not have bussing yet. It’s extremely exhausting as the cumulative 4-5 runs of carpooling we are doing on a daily basis on congested roads and still have a job to go to is really getting to us. We are being as patient as possible, but understand that it is very challenging and also frustrating to see so many that have bussing right across the street or in nearby areas and we are the odd ones out across the board (girls and boys schools in our case). Please do what you can to accelerate this process. Thank you.

  5. They also don’t understand that this is not a business venture where the ppl organizing are looking to get the cheapest deals so they can pocket more money. They have a really tight budget. They are trying to accommodate courtesy bussing using the same budget. Therefore, courtesy students now have to pay a SMALL fee of $150/child per yr. if u don’t wanna pay it don’t bus. Also they cannot make it more profitable for the bus companies since they only have their budget to work with and no one is handing over more $$ to help. My boys have no bussing and I have 4 diff pickup and drop off times. Yes it’s annoying, yes it’s frustrating, and yes it takes hrs but I understand that limited time and funds require me to be patient and iyh it will all work out.

  6. why cant lsta use the funding to purchase some vans and hire drivers? I’m sure many more frum people would agree to drive a van rather than a large, hot school bus.

  7. I would like to know what we – the township- learned from this process and what they plan to do in the future to prevent this from happening all over again next year.

    Committee men, its time you earned your paycheck.

  8. State Transportation Laws which the LSTA are subjected to prohibit denying a child from courtesy busing if the child would be eligible for a free or reduced meal under Federal law from being transported. This would be based on household income and number of people in the household. It’s called the Financial Hardship law. If you qualify contact the LSTA if they are requiring payment from you.

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