School bus rules strain re­la­tions

The Glengarry News - - THE OPINION PAGE -

The Editor,

We are air­ing our dis­plea­sure in hopes they may be rel­e­vant to the cause, the un­der­ly­ing rea­sons over­all.

We have been forced to drive our Grade 7 daugh­ter to and from Glen­garry District High School daily since the be­gin­ning of this school year in Septem­ber. It seems that the pow­ers that be in Brockville have seen fit to set bound­aries for bus­ing that deny her ac­cess,

We are 700 feet from County Road 43 in­side North Glen­garry Town­ship about three quar­ters of a mile east of the Stor­mont bor­der. For 2014, 2015, 2016, an­other of our daugh­ters was bused to Glen­garry District High School with­out in­ci­dent.

Cer­tainly we had no idea that this would be an is­sue this year. This same bus uses this route.

It is cu­ri­ous to know how this prob­lem arose. To our dis­may, we were in­formed the day be­fore school be­gan that bus­ing would not be pro­vided. Re­peated calls to Marc Gos­sett at the Stu­dent Trans­porta­tion of Eastern On­tario have not been re­turned and ac­cord­ing to the owner, bus­ing is not the prob­lem.

It is in­fu­ri­at­ing that a whole month has passed with­out any re­sponse to our dilemma. What has hap­pened to the bound­aries? Is this an un­der­ly­ing at­tempt to lessen the num­ber of stu­dents at­tend­ing Glen­garry District High School? Why are we part of the is­sue? To be sure, re­la­tions be­tween grass-roots par­ents and the “top brass” are not com­pli­men­tary.

War­ren and Trudy Mac­In­tosh, Ap­ple Hill

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