Bristol BOE mulls bus stops

BRISTOL — The Bristol Board of Education is reviewing adding bus stops for children to be picked up in West Farmington.

Some West Farmington parents at Wednesday’s meeting and last month’s meeting expressed concerns of elementary children having to walk along roads with no sidewalks and some with no street lights early in the morning to get to one of two bus stops in the village.

The parents want the district to add more bus stops. Dawn Sotera of High Street, who has a child in sixth grade, said she was concerned a child walking to a bus stop may get hit by a vehicle, with some children walking 15 to 20 minutes.

”When it is too cold to go outside at recess for the children, my concern is when they have to walk in the cold and wait at bus stops,” Sotera said.

The residents and Village Mayor Shirley McIntosh put together a proposal of where additional stops could be placed in the village. She said current bus stops are at College Street and village park and at Second Street and Fourth Street between College and Well streets.

Being proposed are six other stops at First and College, First and High, Second and High, Third and High, Third and College, and Fifth and Route 88 based on students living on the streets. With the stops, most students would only walk a block to the bus stop with family able to keep an eye on them.

”There are very limited usable sidewalks in the village. There aren’t any crosswalks. The roads are very dark in the morning in certain areas. Our No. 1 priority is safety of our children. We are simply asking for a safer option for our children.” Sotera said.

Superintendent Christopher Dray said the buses pick up about 14 elementary and 14 high school children at each stop.

”I will sit down with the bus coordinator and drivers and look at what is being proposed and what would work,” he said.

Parents and bus drivers said there is concern with inclement weather that children will seek shelter at the park gazebo or have difficulty getting along the roads that are not always plowed.

Board President Don Mickel said some side roads only have one lane cleared of snow for buses and another for vehicles to get through.

In other business, the board:

l Heard from Dray that RL Smith Graphics is designing a few ideas for a school district logo, which the community will have the opportunity to vote on. He said the district mascot is a panther;

l Hired Allison Hinderliter as a varsity cheerleading adviser, replacing Emily Mitton who resigned;

l Received a $10,000 Title I Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant to be used for purchasing Chromebooks;

l Accepted a $6,955 donation from Bristolville 300 Club for the athletic fund for a soccer scoreboard.