Milford Schools Will Not Change Bus Routes

After a number of public comments calling for Milford Schools to accomodate Trumbull High School students, no action is planned by the BOE to change the current system.


At some Board of Ed meetings, there are only one or two public comments. At the meeting Monday night, a significant number of Milford parents and students spoke up about the lack of bus accommodations for Milford students of Trumbull High School's Regional Agriscience Program.

"This is a dangerous road," said one concerned parent, who declared that the walk from his house to his child's bus stop is "over two miles."

"You're jeopardizing people's kids," the Milford parent continued.

Kelly Carville, a Junior at Trumbull High School, pointed out that "it's not really reasonable for a high school" student to walk that far.

"If you want to walk 45 minutes everyday, be my guest," Kelly told the board. "This is discouraging children to go to Trumbull High School."

The Board of Ed's Response

"They did not file a formal appeal with the board," said Board of Education Chief Operations Officer James Richetelli, who noted that the BOE does not vote on issues unless a letter is sent to the board for consideration.

Other Bus Issues 

Tom Burns of 55 Bayshore Drive spoke at the meeting, saying that he believed, "the cost would be exactly the same" if students were dropped off at Trumbull High School after bus drivers made their rounds to Milford Public Schools.

Alex Simone of 32 Pearson Ave. noted that while she gets taken by a bus to Trumbull High School, but it's at 6 a.m. and she doesn't get back home until 3:45 p.m.

"I'm usually going to bed right now," Alex added.

What do you think should be done? Vote in our poll and tell us what you think in the comments section.

Michael Brown September 14, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I lived in East Windsor and attended A.I. Prince Tech in Hartford. That required a 25 mile commute from a central bus stop, which was about a half mike from my house. I drove to school once I got my license.
Hal DePino September 14, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Actually, it does.
Michael Brown September 14, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Bus service for school children seems to be a good use of public funds. Helps the parents who have to go to work more the anything else. This "individualism" mantra should not extend to children. We are all in it together when it comes to kids.
Lisa Dipasquale September 23, 2012 at 07:17 PM
The Question should be why is this savings required not across the board,why has the funding just been lifted from the Ag students and not the other magnet schools or Vo tech schools?
Hal DePino September 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Not sure what you mean here by "lifted". I know Milford has almost 2000 high school students split between the Foran and Law. I've seen mentioned in these articles like 25 students in this Trumbul program and that Milford pays Trumbull $8000 per student per year to attend plus the cost of transportation. Not sure of the breakdown for other Magnet schools like the Bridgeport Aquaculture School or ECA (The Arts Magnet) but I do know the transportationfor that school is very different. A neighbor's child goes there the child is picked up and dropped off at ther high school. They get back to the high school after the regular busses leave, so the child has to wait for her mom to get her when she is done with work.


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