Bus stops con­cern Glen­side res­i­dents

Glenside News - - POLICE REPORTS - By Jar­reau Free­man

Bus stops and the for­mer Glen­side-Wel­don school build­ing were top­ics raised dur­ing the ci­ti­zen’s forum at the Abing­ton School Board meet­ing Sept. 11.

Abing­ton res­i­dent Charles Baus gave a brief pre­sen­ta­tion to the board re­quest­ing a closer bus stop for his daugh­ter who goes to nueen of An­gels Re­gional Catholic School.

Baus said his daugh­ter’s cur­rent bus stop is at the in­ter­sec­tion of Cum­ber­land Av­enue and Rush Road. He said his daugh­ter has to walk about 0.4 miles from their home to Susque­hanna Road, which he said was a busy street, to get to the bus stop. He also said that the stop it­self is un­safe be­cause there was no side­walk at the stop and that his daugh­ter, and the other chil­dren at the stop, stand in the street or on a lawn.

Baus re­quested that the board per­mit the school bus to stop at the in­ter­sec­tion of High­land and Ho­race av­enues or Ho­race Av­enue and Wheat­sheaf Road. He said that these po­ten­tial stops were on the way to the Cum­ber­land and Rush stop and would not add an­other stop to the cur- rent bus route, and would not only ben­e­fit his daugh­ter, but would as­sist four other chil­dren who also get picked up at Cum­ber­land and Rush.

Baus said he orig­i­nally made this re­quest to the school dis­trict in Au­gust, but was de­nied be­cause, ac­cord­ing to the dis­trict’s bus stop cri­te­ria, his re­quest would add a new stop to the route and would in­con­ve­nience other chil­dren.

School board Pres­i­dent Ray­mond McGarry said that Cum­ber­land and Rush is a safe bus stop and has been in­ves­ti­gated by the dis­trict to make sure that it was a safe stop for students.

Amy Sichel, Abing­ton School Dis­trict su­per­in­ten­dent, said bus stops are deemed safe by the Abing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment.

The school dis­trict buses more than 6,000 students to 95 dif­fer­ent schools ev­ery day, McGarry said.

“I am sure there are many par­ents that would like to have a stop at their home or closer to their home; we have a huge undertaking,” he said. “This par­tic­u­lar bus stop is a safe walk­ing route … I sup­port the school dis­trict’s de­ter­mi­na­tion on this.”

In other busi­ness, Abing­ton res­i­dent John Mon­aghan re­quested that the school board be­gin a con­ver­sa­tion with the town­ship to cede the for­mer Glen­side-Wel­don school build­ing on Eas­ton Road and the green field be­hind it to the town­ship for A1.

Mon­aghan sug­gested a A1 sell­ing price, be­cause some­times when prop­erty is sold among fam­ily mem­bers, there is a nom­i­nal sale on the dol­lar, as op­posed to sell­ing the prop­erty for mil­lions of dol­lars.

Mon­aghan said the prop­erty has not had much use as of late. If the prop­erty is sold to the town­ship, the green field could be turned into a park.

“The build­ing, sit­ting along the vi­brant Keswick Vil­lage, is es­sen­tially a waste that drains re­sources from the school dis­trict,” he said. “My hope is that both the school dis­trict and the town­ship com­mis­sion­ers can work to make life bet­ter for those of us who live and work within walk­ing dis­tance of the Keswick Vil­lage, while mov­ing a va­cant prop­erty to the tax rolls.”

McGarry said the school dis­trict is look­ing for al­ter­na­tive uses for the site and will continue to do so. He said the dis­trict has no plans to sell the prop­erty.

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