Watertown School District Mulls Bus Policy Change

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Elementary school students in the Watertown City School District have different options when it comes to getting to and from school.

But for those who live within three-quarters of a mile of the school, taking a bus is not one of them.

The district's superintendent wants that to change.

"I think it's about safety, security, and I think it's also helping families deal with those kind of responsibilities," said Superintendent Terry Fralick.

It's music to the ears of parents in one north Watertown neighborhood.

Maywood Terrace is located exactly three-quarters of a mile from North Elementary School.

That means that right now the students have two options: walk or get picked up by mom and dad.

"The given route to North from Maywood in this particular school district, the conditions of the sidewalks are horrible. They're uneven," said Daniel Keruski, a parent.

A change in the policy would come at a cost, though Fralick calls it a slight one.

The students at Maywood Terrace are just excited at the possibility of taking a bus.

"It wouldn't hurt my feet. Plus, it's going to be faster," said Ash'Lee Martimbeault, fourth grade.

No changes are imminent.

Fralick expects to present a proposal to the school board in November.

Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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