Bus stops concern Glenside residents
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Baus said he originally made this request to the school district in August, but was denied because, according to the district’s bus stop criteria, his request would add a new stop to the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.