Cen­ten­nial School Board ad­dresses dis­missal times

Public Spirit - - POLICE REPORTS - By Natalya Bu­cuy

Jour­nal Reg­is­ter News

Ser­vice The Cen­ten­nial School Board mem­bers re­futed neg­a­tive re­ports of lengthy dis­missal times at dis­trict el­e­men­tary schools at the last board meet­ing Sept. 11.

“We have ad­min­is­tra­tors who are ded­i­cated to their jobs and safety of our students,” said board mem­ber Jane Lynch.

Board mem­ber Michael Hartline said he vis­ited McDon­ald El­e­men­tary School and wit­nessed the dis­missal process at the school. He said the dis­missal went quickly and ef­fi­ciently with­out any de­lays. He said he wit­nessed about R0 cars and a num­ber of buses pick up students and leave the school premises in about 1R min­utes. Board mem­ber Mark Miller spoke of a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion at Davis El­e­men­tary School, re­port­ing no prob­lems or de­lays at dis­missal time.

“Our fa­cil­i­ties, staff, our dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tors — ev­ery sin­gle one of them have put great ef­fort [into our trans­porta­tion pro­ce­dures] and I think it’s noth­ing short of re­mark­able,” Miller said.

The dis­cus­sion about the dis­missal pro­ce­dures fol­lowed a post on Warmin­ster Patch web­site ti­tled, “A Park­ing Lot Night­mare at McDon­ald El­e­men­tary School,” as well as some emails the school board mem­bers re­port­edly re­ceived last week.

At the meet­ing Lynch re­sponded to the ac­cu­sa­tions cited in the ar­ti­cle, which in­cluded the au­thor’s state­ment that par­ents need to show up an hour early to get in the car pick-up line. Lynch said that the pub­lic should not be­lieve sucwh ac­cu­sa­tions, but should lis­ten to the pos­i­tive mes­sages the board puts out. She said the ad­min­is­tra­tion and dis­trict staff work very hard to en­sure ef­fi­ciency and safety of the students dur­ing dis­missal time.

“There is a lot of ef­fort to make sure things work well,” Lynch said.

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