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Residents unhappy with school bus stop placed near their properties

Published September 12. 2012 05:02PM

Panther Valley School District administrators are doing their best to keep middle school students under control at bus stops.

But Coaldale residents have had such bad experiences that they still don't want the kids waiting for the school bus in front of their homes or businesses.

At a public meeting Tuesday, borough business owner Maury Rutch asked council to not have a bus stop in front of his business on East Phillips Street.

Councilwoman Nancy Lorchak, serving as council President in the absence of President Susan Solt, who was on vacation, said the bus stops have been moved several times in recent years.

The issue is "more a discipline problem than a bus stop problem," she said.

Council has contacted the school district, but it is up to them, not council, where the stops are located.

At an Aug. 14 public council meeting, four East Phillips Street residents asked council to have the school district move a school bus stop from their area because the children are so unruly and destructive.

Solt said at the time that she would contact the school board about moving the stop.

Lorchak on Tuesday read aloud the minutes of a Sept. 4 police committee meeting at which the East Phillips Street bus stops are addressed.

"The committee believes this is a discipline problem with the middle school children waiting to board the buses. The bus stop has been changed four times in the last three or four years, with the same outcome," she read.

The police committee has suggested a bus stop monitor, to be hired by the district and the borough; changing the pick-up site to the opposite side of the street in front of the factory on East Phillips Street. That is the current drop-off site; however, the high school students use the same side for pickups and drop-offs.

Police Chief Timothy Delaney said at the committee meeting that he has had to reprimand several students for going on private property and running in the middle of the street.

Lorchak said the school district has been monitoring the students at the stop, and the situation has improved.

in other matters Tuesday, resident John Shroba offered to volunteer to help clean the borough hall if needed. His offer followed a discussion concerning the need to hire a replacement for the current cleaner, who is stepping down. A big issue with the cleaning is the state of the public bathroom in borough hall, which is often left a mess by people who use it. Council thanked Shroba profusely for his offer.

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