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Assumption Students Must Wait for Bus Seats

Parochial school parent is latest victim of breakdown in communications; Peekskill board restores 2 partial positions, assesses role of reading director

A group of Assumption School parents must wait until bus seats open up  if they want transportation from the Peekskill school district.

Parents who said they were not notified by Assumption about a deadline for bus requests must make their own transportation arrangements, the Peekskill officials said during a Board of Education meeting Sept. 4.

Parents seeking to have their children bused to the parochial school are required to submit a request to the Transportation Office of the Peekskill City School District by April 1 of each year. Information about the deadline was sent to Assumption but for some reason was not relayed to the parents, district officials said.

The problem formally came to the board’s attention Aug. 21, when Assumption parents spoke about it during a board meeting. The district was under no legal responsibility to respond, but the board extended the deadline on a one-time basis to Aug. 24 in the interest of “being good neighbors and trying to help,” board President Joseph Urbanowicz said.

Parentswho did not file a request by the extended deadline, were advised to remain in touch with Gregory Sullivan, assistant superintendent for business and administrative services. Sullivan, whose responsibilities include the Transportation Office, said availability of seats would be determined after bus routes and ridership stabilized within a few weeks of the opening of school.

In other action Sept. 4:

  • The board restored partial database and network specialist positions, utilizing funds saved by an early retirement.
  • The board approved a series of personnel appointments and accepted several resignations, including Carmine Crisci as director of facilities, operations, maintenance and transportation. Please click here to read the complete list.  
  • Former board member Marcela Bobe urged the district to encourage residents to pressure state lawmakers to provide adequate funding to the meet the requirements of state mandates.
  • In response to a question from Bobe, Superintendent of Schools James Willis said the district was assessing the “extremely important position” of director of reading and gifted, which was vacated by Frederick Hutchinson when he became principal of Peekskill High School July 1. Willis said funding for the job was still in the budget and the board was reviewing the position in executive sessions.
  • In response to another question from Bobe, Willis said the district would update residents on summer activities in addition to construction projects.   

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