Falls Village principal concerned at length of time kids spend riding bus From the Sunday Republican-American Reply

Lee H. Kellogg School Principal Jenny Law expressed concern about the long time some young students ride the bus to and from school each day.
At a recent meeting of the Board of Educa­tion, she noted that some youngsters ride an hour and a half in the morning and again in the afternoon. She said she’s aware that the town is so spread out and that adding another bus would be very expensive, “but we have to look at that.”
Law, who took over the principalship in January upon the retirement of Maria Bulson, said she rode one of the two buses and plans to ride the other. She said maybe there needs to be some recon­figuring of routes. Region 1 Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain suggested she talk to Business Manager Samuel Herrick and perhaps John Dufour, the owner of All-Star Transportation, the bus company contracted by the region. First Selectman Patricia A. Mechare, a former board of education chairman, thought there might be state statutes in place limiting the time a student can spend on the bus depending on age and the distance being traveled. Chamberlain said the cost of adding a bus would probably run about $82,000. Mechare said in the past the school has contracted with parents to bring their students to school or to a nearby bus stop. Board member Laura Werntz said she had no idea some children were on the bus that long.

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