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Old Version: East Haven School Bus Routes

The reduction of two buses as a cost saving measure for the new 2012-13 school year means there will be a "significant number of new bus routes" for students on opening day.

Updated at 2 p.m. on Aug. 23

The final version of East Haven Public Schools bus routes for the 2012-13 school year, as well as drop off and dismissal times for individual schools, can be found here http://patch.com/A-xlFM.

Updated at 1:45 p.m. on Aug. 20

The new school bus route schedule is currently in the process of being revised. The version of the routes posted with this story, therefore, is no longer accurate.

An updated post with more information can be found here.

Original Story (Posted on Aug. 16)

The first day of school for students is .

And as students and their families gear up for opening day, the new East Haven Schools bus routes have been released for the 2012-13 school year.

The routes are attached to this article as a PDF document. And there are many changes.

This is due to the reduction of two buses in the district's overall fleet for the new school year.

The cut, part of the school board meeting the Town Council's for the new fiscal year, reduced the Board of Education's budget by $99,999.

Because of the large number of changes, Durham School Services — which operates and manages the district's bus service — is asking students and their families to make sure they are at their scheduled stops early this year.

"Due to the significant number of new bus routes this year, we request that all students be at their bus stops a minimum of 45 minutes prior to the start time of your school," the company posted on the school district's website.

For more information, or if you have questions regarding the bus routes, contact East Haven's local Durham School Services office at 203-469-3904.

Christine Vas August 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM
My son's stop is not listed. Who do I call? The bus company? THANKS for posting the list
Julie Weisberg (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Christine: Yep, you can call the local Durham School Services office at 203-469-3904. And you're welcome!! Glad to help. It's important info for sure.
Pam Cofrancesco August 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM
how in the world did the boe allow for 2 buses to be cut? Last year the kids had to try and sit 3 to a seat and didn't fit. this should be fun!
Mitch August 16, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Why does the town provide a bus to take students to Platt Tech? Is it yet another version of "the town doesn't offer the classes the kids want to take, so they get to go to an out-of-town school and we foot the entire bill"? I never agreed with the Lyman Hall scenario either. I'll never be convinced that the kids going there are actually going for the Vo-Ag classes that they profess to want to take. It costs the town more than $15000 PER STUDENT to send kids to out-of-town schools. How many kids are we paying for? Maybe the parents should kick in something.
Lou August 16, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Mitch, why should parents kick in? Don't you think we pay enough taxes for an education that ranks in the bottom 10% of the entire state! Maybe if our students felt they could get a descent education in town, they would be more likely to stay in town.
Jackie Sargent August 16, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I agree with Lou. If the education was quality, we wouldn't send our kids to magnet or tech schools. I pay taxes here and have been since the day I turned 16 and working. If I want my kids to have a GOOD education, then I will have MY town, that I pay TAXES in foot the bill for being sub-standard.
Mitch August 16, 2012 at 06:31 PM
The problem is that the taxes you are paying in no way cover the town's cost of sending your children out of district. If you pay $5000 a year in house/car/boat taxes, where do you think the other $10000 comes from to pay Wallingford to have your kid go to Lyman Hall? It comes from all the other people in town. I don't begrudge anyone looking to get a better education for their children. Just be willing to pony up for it, and stop expecting everyone else to pay for you.
Jackie Sargent August 16, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I shouldn't have to send my kids to other towns to get a good education. I didn't make the opportunity to do so either. It's there. I'm taking it. I did pay for an independant school for my first child to go to Middle school and sent her to New Haven Magnet for High School. The town offers it, so I took them up on it. If East Haven wants their kids to stay there, then they need to get a better educational system in place. Frankly, it sucks. I love East Haven but I do not love the education. Period. Maybe things will change with the exit of some of the leaders but again, the BOE has to change too.
Pam Cofrancesco August 16, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I agree with Lou also, having been very involved with my children at school, pto/pta meetings, and attending and speaking at boe meetings if they can't give our kids the education they deserve we need to look into schools that can give it to them and our town should pay as we pay our taxes just like everyone else.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler August 16, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Mitch, please read through the attached document. My kids, who have at times attended magnets in New Haven as we've seen fit, are probably not costing the town more money than a student who lives and attends school in EH. In fact, there is federal and state grant money helping subsidize the education magnet students receive. That's the incentive for East Haven (and pretty much every other town around) to participate in the program. It would certainly have been easier, through the years, to have my kids attend our neighborhood schools. However, the education they've received while attending regional schools has been well worth the inconvenience of the longer bus ride/school day. If these options disappeared tomorrow, my family would move. Plain and simple. Education here is not what it could be. Period. For kids attending school at Lyman Hall, etc... the state pays for transportation, according to this link. Much good information can be found here. Please do not make assumptions about who is paying for what, when it comes to kids who seek to be educated outside of this town. If you have a complaint about the cut in buses, or funding... Go straight to the BOE and express concern over how they spend the rest of their money. http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/equity/choice/public_school_choice_2012.pdf
Kristy Turcio Porter August 16, 2012 at 11:32 PM
All 3 of my children are goIng to a New Haven Magnet school and yes, this town is paying for it. There are so many East Haven students going to school out of district, because this town is well below standard for education. I would much prefer to send my children close to home, but it's just not good enough. Perhaps the town should take a good look at the real problems here and do something to make it better. The team of Serio and Forti are nothing but a liability and the BOE should be ashamed of themselves for approving a $10,000.00 raise for both of them last year. Now we are cutting buses, wake up people of East Haven, this is politics just like everything else. Superintendents should be elected like in other states and then maybe they would actually do something.
John M August 17, 2012 at 01:20 AM
@ Mitch, I have a child that attends a New Haven Magnet School. I have been paying taxes to the town of East Haven for roughly 20 years. I presently pay taxes on three propertys which I presently own, three vehicles, a boat and trailer. and 2 utility trailers. With that being said, my daughter will attend the New Haven Magnet School for four short years and when she graduates and attends college I will still be paying taxes to the town of East Haven ,without a child in the school system, for many years to come. I have no immediate plans to leave East Haven, so should the Town of East Haven prorate my taxes past and present?
Debbie Caswell August 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Sorry Mitch but my daughter is going to Lyman Hall VO-AG program has wanted to go there all her life she is definately taking those classes and I have my son going on his third year in the New Haven Magnet School .....my son is a true testament on how far behind the education in East Haven is sad but true if you want your kids educated then they must go out of town. And to be quite honest with you if I had to take them on a bicycle I would just not to have to have them go to the HIGHSCHOOL. P.S. the other issue is the Sports in East haven well read the sports page weekly not many students graduating from EHHS get scholarships or go anywhere so for the betterment of my kids yes they go out of district and I drive my son don't use the bus service.
Debbie Caswell August 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Thank you Jurybox.
Teacher August 18, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I teach in East haven and am offended by many of the comments made here about our educational system. I teach with a lot of great and caring teachers & staff. Parents need to get involved with your kids at home and in school. That's the only way our system will improve. Call your child's teacher. Come into the classroom and see what we are doing with your kids. You, as parents, must get more involved.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler August 18, 2012 at 02:52 PM
"That's the only way our system will improve"? I think that you are correct that parents need to be involved in their children's education. However, looking at the comments above, and knowing that these parents seem to have opted to make educational decisions on behalf of their children based on a number of factors, I'd say these are involved parents. You're preaching to the choir here. In my family's case, I wouldn't fault the teachers for our decision to have each of our four children educated where we see a good fit for them. Sometimes, as I stated above, that has been at a New Haven Magnet, or a regional school. We did not make these decisions based on teachers. We made them based on overall environment of the school(s), the curriculum, the administration... Don't be so defensive. It's not always about the teachers. Though it would be great to see more teachers desire to make a difference in their students lives. There is a fair amount of complacency (that I've witnessed) within the profession. Perhaps too many people went into that line of work for the wrong reason(s)? I always thought people became teachers to make a difference. Today, there seem to be a lot of folks who went into this line of work to have their summers off. That's the wrong reason. I only mention this, since you went there. Really, this is thread is about buses. It's not about teachers. As a teacher you should have mastered reading comprehension by now. No one above blamed a teacher.
Ange81 August 18, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Wow. Ms. Hausler, you are extremely rude and condescending. I am new here, but apparently, from what I have been reading, the ONLY opinion that matters is YOURS. It must be exhausting to be so perfect. Good Luck.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler August 19, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Sorry to come across that way, "Ange...". What is exhausting is trying to set the record straight.
Rosie August 19, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I thought this post was about buses? It seems to have gone off track. For those of you that are following the actual subject, here's my advice. If your child's bus is so overcrowded that there are not enough seats, then bombard the superintendent's office with calls. If that doesn't work, then the state may be intertested. I thought there was a law about school bus capacity. I have to research that.
Teacher August 20, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Mrs. Hausler, When I clicked on this article to read it, I was actually looking for bus routes and times for my students. I didn't "go there", you did! I agree with you that the people chiming in on here are involved parents. These parents aren't the majority of the ones we deal with in the schools. I know this article is about bus schedules, but some of your peers decided to turn this link into an educational system bashing, and that's where I have a problem. It seems you like to hear yourself talk, but please, listen for a minute. I agree that you should have and seek the best education for your child. When I get students in my class that are 3 or 4 years behind in reading, who should I blame? Kids that have special needs are expected to be be behind, but the majority of a primary age class?? Give me a break!! That's why you "involved" parents are pulling your kids out of the system. We continually get students that are 2, 3, 4 grades below level in reading. We have to try to meet their needs and bring them up to grade level. I'm sure there are some teachers who signed on for "long summers", but I'll tell you, there's not that many that I've seen in East Haven. Also..you mention the word complacency...We're not complacent...we just get tired of doing the job that the parents should do.. When I get to work in the morning, I want to TEACH... but instead, i get to be a guidance counselor, a nurse, a mommy/daddy, a psychiatrist, a discipline figure and a friend.
Jackie Sargent August 20, 2012 at 02:19 AM
To quote Mrs. Hausler "We did not make these decisions based on teachers. We made them based on overall environment of the school(s), the curriculum, the administration..." Thank you. Yes, there were a few teachers that just wanted to high-tail it out of there after school hours and some that help. But this is a larger issue. Those of us stating our opinions and experiences are using our own names and not hiding behind an alias. I too, was so "involved" that the school administration rolled their eyes whenever they saw me. (JMMS) at the time. Not all children are behind because the "parents" dindn't get involved. They're behind because of the low standards set in East Haven. So, to get back to the point; If we choose to send our children out of town, using the grant money provided to East Haven, then so be it. If you want to see more stay in town and not get bussed elsewhere, then try helping come up with suggestions on how to get the educational system better here.
Jackie Sargent August 20, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I agree with Rosie also. If my child was on an overcrowded bus, I'd call the school, bus company, BOE or whoever to get it fixed.
Pam Cofrancesco August 20, 2012 at 04:55 AM
we shouldn't have to bombard them with phone calls, they should be aware of the amount of children they are putting on the buses - don't they know how to count while setting up the routes? As far as choosing to go out of district for a better education - ABSOLUTELY I will have a child this year going to a magnet school. I have been to several boe meetings pleading with the boe, Serio, and Forti to improve the curriculum and offer the kids more since my oldest started at JMMS 2 yrs ago. How can anyone say we have a good education here when are scores are so low? They need to STOP teaching to the test and just TEACH normal. I'm not sure who is at fault, I do believe that our curriculum is too far behind and our standards are set TOO LOW, ex; your not failing until you have an F, they put students in grade recovery 1 week before report cards are due and pass them for participating. Do you really think the kids are learning everything in 1 week if they hadn't learned it in the whole quarter?
Rosie August 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Pam, I agree with your point about teaching to the test. You are absolutely correct. There should be more than just book and test learning going on. This district needs to get with the times and stop using outdated text books. The entire district should be modeled after the Academy, and the hands on way of learning. It has been proven over and over that you learn by doing. Even with the lottery, the Academy is still the highest scoring school in the district. Obviously, it works. And my opinion is to much emphasis is put on CMT's. It is ridiculous how nervous, to the point of making themselves sick, some kids get over this atiquated testing. I have heard this is the last year fro CMT's. I certainly hope so. As far as the buses, we shouldn't have to bombard the superintendents office, you are correct. But, I will do whatever it takes to correct a wrong, and if that means phone calls, so be it.
Lou August 20, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Teacher, you really don't make sense. Just do your job! Do you know what your job is? It is not to be a guidance counselor, a nurse, a mommy/daddy, a psychiatrist, a discipline figure and a friend. It is to teach, so stop trying to be a super hero and DO YOUR JOB!
Julie Weisberg (Editor) August 20, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Everyone: The new school bus route schedule is currently in the process of being revised. The version of the routes posted with this story, therefore, is no longer accurate. I have an updated post with more info here: http://patch.com/A-xf70.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Everyone: I just posted the final version of this year's school bus routes http://patch.com/A-xlFM. Just an FYI.

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