Controversial Bus Stop to Remain Unchanged

At its Oct. 11 meeting, the Saucon Valley School Board took no action to provide van service that some parents say would make a former bus stop usable again.

No action was taken at the Oct. 11 Saucon Valley School Board meeting to change or provide a van for students whose bus stop on Finady Avenue in Fountain Hill .

“(Superintendent Dr. Sandra Fellin and Supervisor of Operations Wally Zimpfer) are challenged daily to review bus stops,” said Saucon Valley School Board President Lachlan Peeke. “It is an ongoing, continuous challenge.”

Peeke, who said he previously worked in transportation at the , explained that there are numerous Pennsylvania codes, rules and regulations that must be followed.

Subtracting those students who walk to school or are driven by their parents from the equation, Peeke said transporting the remaining students is still “a massive task.”

“The district’s job is to look at routes and stops to effectively and efficiently transport students,” he said. “We have no control over who lives where.”

Since he was out of town when other members were driven to the stop, Peeke asked Zimpfer to drive him to the bus stop that parents have objected to, which they say forces their children to walk near the home of registered sex offender.

Peeke said he believes the stop at Finady Avenue, just outside the school district, is the best spot for the bus stop, and that it would cost the district $94,000 to provide a van for the students that used to board their bus at Moravia Street and South Benner Avenue.

After a school bus slid on ice while turning near that hillside bus stop, district officials decided this year to relocate the stop to a flatter location at a lower elevation.

Parent Paula Steuer told the school board that she has spoken to State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-18) about her bus stop concerns--specifically her concern about the bus stop being close to a sex offender--and said Boscola told her to start a petition. Steuer handed the board a petition, which she said had received 200 signatures.

“This is not a legal issue,” Steuer said. “This is a moral issue.”

In addition, the Steuer family provided the board with numerous photos they said were taken by a security camera, which showed large vehicles making a turn at the old bus stop location (South Benner Avenue and Moravia Street).

GrowUpSaucon October 14, 2011 at 12:30 AM
They have forgotten what is decent and good. As far as running for school board..heck no . I would NOT EVER want to be affilited with those poor excuses for pretend authority figures.
Terri Simpson October 14, 2011 at 12:34 AM
Well I am not fond of that either But it is corrupt I would be willing to do it if I had at least 3 people that had morals and really had the parents and taxpayers interest first. It is a sickening thought to be on a board with that bunch.
GrowUpSaucon October 14, 2011 at 01:24 AM
You are so right! They are pathetic. This job could have been so easy for them. My husband says they are two faced , wanna be aristocrats but far, far from it.He says only the lowest form of scum on earth would put children in arms reach of a registered s*x offender. SV should just admit they are wrong. We all saw the proof on the pictures. Save the small amount of respect you think you have left and put the bus stop back in it's safe spot.
GrowUpSaucon October 14, 2011 at 01:30 AM
There is another article on this patch concerning our bus stop. I fed all the facts on that one if anyone needs to see what these board members are doing. Can't argue with the facts.
GrowUpSaucon October 15, 2011 at 01:08 AM


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