VIDEO: No more waiting for busing: Lakewood’s Bais Hatorah purchases their own school buses as solution to busing challenge

b hatorah school bus[VIDEO BELOW] While the LSTA is still working to add more routes, many children in Lakewood still do not have bussing. Because of this situation, morning and afternoons have become very tough for families throughout Lakewood.

As one administrator explained, an additional problem is that schools have been forced to conform their schedules around the times when busing is available. This has led to the unfortunate circumstance that schools are running their operations around the transportation arrangements, instead of transportation working for the school.

For example, because of the system of “tiering” bus routes, schools are starting later every day and ending earlier. Fridays in particular have almost been eliminated in some schools, who are limited to having only about two hours of school on that day because of the busing schedule. In other words, in order to accommodate the busing schedule schools have been forced to compromise on their seder hayom.

Yeshiva Bais Hatorah, with its devoted administrator Rabbi Yitzchak Nisenbaum at its helm, decided to do whatever it takes to find a remedy to make things function properly for their parent body.

After much hard work and innovative thinking, the school has purchased three brand new busses of their own.

This purchase will cover the remainder of the routes that were not picked up as of yet. Furthermore, with the buses belonging to Bais Hatorah and the drivers working for them, the school will be able to enforce proper decorum and discipline on the bus, as well as maintaining appropriate dress and conduct codes amongst the drivers.

The cheder will also be able to tweak the routes to make sure they work out for the parents and they can solve any problems that arise on their own, in a timely manner.

The administrator related, “As a new week will be heralded in, every single student will ride to and from school on a school bus. No more will parents need to put their every daily chores on hold and bundle the entire family into the car in order to get their sons to and from Yeshiva on time. We hope that this will be the beginning of a new era where all schools can once again direct their attention to the chinuch of their students rather than to drop off and dismissal.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new buses was held this afternoon, and the participants expressed hope that other schools will follow Bais Hatorah’s lead and emulate this solution to this challenge.

(Provided by the Lakewood Shopper)

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  1. Amazing job by Rabbi Nisenbaum! He really, truly gives 180% to make YBH an efficient, well run school. This must have taken a lot of work and organizing – kol hakavod!

  2. We in Monsey were lucky to have bais dovid do the same (not sure if acquired the same way) a few years back. Never a carpool day, not Sundays or legal holidays..never! The one in charge of the program is a true Mentch and boys can make bus changes now to go to friends houses after school etc. We can call to find out where the bus is and are always dealt with in a respectful way and get to speak to a human being. All schools should adopt this route. I know the bulk of the expense is covered by the district in our case and we parents pay a one time affordable fee at the start of the year to cover Sundays and legal holidays, something we are all happy and eager to do. The drivers are wonderful heimishe men who are nice to the boys, don’t yell, and wait the extra 30 seconds for my sons to make the bus. Ashreinu

  3. Hope they charge the board fir these buses if they can afford 35k for s bus snow cleaner they can afford to buy the schools buses they just gif five more buses

  4. I can’t believe this is for real! Finally! So many people think that the situation is unchangeable and here we were proven that it is! Just like a yeshiva needs a dormitory in order to open, every elementary school should follow Bais Hatorah and buy busses in order to stay open.
    Thank you for setting such a good example!

  5. I think buying buses is great. But we must all adhere to proper scheduling not everyone do whatever. The Boe should look into this maybe take some funding away. Drivers must be CDL. P&S. With medical certificates. Have A great Shabbos

  6. the people of Lakewood still don’t understand that the BOE does not have anything to do with private school transportation. The private transportation organization is totally in charge.

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