Gulfport mayor to Pinellas schools: Reconsider arterial bus stops
The Pinellas school district should reconsider its entire arterial bus stop system because of safety concerns, Gulfport Mayor Michael J. Yakes says in a letter this week to Pinellas School Board Chair Janet Clark. (The blow-up at John Hopkins Middle and then SB 6 knocked a lot of local school news off the radar in the past six weeks, but Yakes' letter and other recent developments suggests the bus stop issue still simmers.)
The district's arterial bus system "was implemented with very little opportunity for local governments to consider options for allocating resources to help address the inherent safety concerns," Yakes writes. "Now we are faced with parents who are rightly voicing their concerns about this important issue; parents who are asking the city to do what it can to help them in their efforts to keep their children safe."
"While the city manager works with the superintendent to identify some possible solutions to problems specific to Gulfport, we ask that you reconsider this program in its entirety. Placing young students at bus stops on major roadways is not the solution to the transportation dilemma. Surely the extra few seconds required to pull off onto a side street is worth the safety of our children."
Read full letter here.