Friday, January 18, 2013
Among the legislative package recently introduced by state Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-18) is a bill that would limit where registered sex offenders can live.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-18) has introduced a legislative package that includes several bills focused on child protection, her office announced Jan. 8. “Children are our most precious resource,” Boscola said in a statement about the bills. “We owe them our love, support and every legal protection available.” Among the proposed legislation is a bill that would limit where sex offenders registered under Megan's Law can live. Specifically, under Boscola’s proposal registered sex offenders would be prohibited from living within 1,000 feet of a school, preschool, daycare facility or public playground, and from within 500 feet of a school bus stop. The subject of sex offenders living near school bus stops became a hot topic in the Saucon …
Friday, December 16, 2011
Lower Saucon Township parent Paula Steuer has announced that she is selling bumper stickers and magnets in support of House Bill 1971, which would prevent children from walking past the home of a registered sex offender on their way to a school bus stop.
A Saucon Valley parent who vehemently opposes the current location of a bus stop in the northwestern corner of the school district has announced that she is selling bumper stickers and magnets in support of House Bill 1971, which would regulate the location of public school bus stops that are currently located near the homes of registered sex offenders in Pennsylvania. The bill, which has been introduced by state Rep. Justin Simmons (R-131), would amend Section 1362 of the state's Public School Code. It would "require that the Department of Transportation take into account the residences of registered sex offenders as provided by the Pennsylvania State Police in making its determination as to whether or not this constitutes a hazard to …
Monday, October 31, 2011
State representative questions Saucon Valley bus stop change
Monday, October 31, 2011
The following Op-Ed was submitted by state Rep. Justin Simmons (R-131): As State Representative for the 131st District, I have become increasingly concerned with the Saucon Valley School Board’s decision to place a bus stop near the home of a registered sex offender. Children are the future of our country and the most vulnerable members of our society. We must do everything we can to protect them. The addition of Meghan’s Law has been a great success in our state and I am proud to say we have strengthened it this session in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. While I understand that the Saucon Valley School Board’s decision to move this bus stop was due to hazardous conditions at the previous stop, it seems to defeat the purpose …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Saucon Valley School District has issued the following statement about its decision not to move a bus stop from Finady Avenue--a location that some parents have objected to.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Editor's Note: The following letter was emailed to news media by Saucon Valley School District superintendent Sandra Fellin on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. Over the last several weeks and months, members of the Saucon Valley School District community have expressed their concern regarding the district’s decision to move a school district bus stop from its previous location at Moravia and Benner streets to its current location at the corner of Sioux and Finady streets. The district’s decision to move the stop from its previous location was based on the administration's summer review of the location and ongoing concerns we have about the danger presented with keeping a stop on such hilly terrain for our vehicles. Frankly, based on the size of…
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 is considered dangerous by their parents. “(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 Saucon Valley School District, 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 …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
A group of Saucon Valley School District parents say using a van is the only solution to a problem that involves their children's safety.
Saucon Valley School District may provide a van for students whose bus stop on Finady Avenue in Fountain Hill is considered dangerous by their parents. At the Sept. 27 Saucon Valley School Board meeting, board members told the upset parents that they will look into providing a district van for these students. Previously, the district said there were no vans available. Parent Paula Steuer told the school board that she received e-mails from a woman whose son is picked up in a district van, who claims they do not need the van. A handful of parents spoke to the school board and said a van was the only viable option at this point. However, school board member Lanita Lum questioned whether a van or a bus is safer on steep roads in bad weather…
Monday, September 19, 2011
The parents of several Saucon Valley School District students want a bus stop moved to a different location.
At the Sept. 13 Saucon Valley School Board meeting, board members listened to the concerns of parents who believe their children are being forced to wait for the school bus at a dangerous bus stop. Board members Charles Bartolet, Lanita Lum, Susan Baxter and Michael Karabin all agreed to ride on a bus to the stop, and put the item up for official discussion at the Sept. 27 school board meeting. The bus stop, which was originally located on Route 378, was moved to South Benner Avenue and Moravia Street, then to Clewell and Sioux streets, and lastly to Finady Avenue, near the Bethlehem-Lower Saucon Township border. The parents who spoke said they believe the safest and best option is to relocate the bus stop back to Benner Avenue and Moravia…