Minuteman to Medford Bus to Arrive Earlier

The bus situation has been resolved, according to the school department.

Students from Medford attending Minuteman High School won't be have a lengthy wait for the bus after school anymore, according to Medford school officials.

Starting Oct. 1, a bus will arrive at the Lexington-based public regional high school at 2:30 p.m. -- the end of the school day -- to transport students home to Medford, according to an annoucement from the school deparment Tuesday.

Starting this school year, Minuteman students from Medford originally had to wait until 3:30 p.m. for a bus home after funding for transportation to the school was cut by the Medford School Department.

Initially, an MBTA pass was to be offered to students at the school, but after an outcry from parents, bus transportation was arranged. Medford Superintendent Roy Belson had previously said the regional school had been raising its rates at an "astonishing" clip, and that the school bus cut was part of negotiations over the state's formula for determining student fees for regional vocational schools.

The current plan bus service picks up Minuteman students in Medford in the morning, takes them to Lexington, then returns to Medford to run elementary school routes. The bus returns to Minuteman after running afternoon elementary school routes, but it isn't until about 3:30 p.m. most days. Under this plan, the district was set to save a projected $60,000 in transportation expenses.

The transportation plan was approved by the state, but it has been viewed as unacceptable by many Medford parents of Minuteman students who attended a school committee meeting earlier in September to air their concerns.

Mayor Michael McGlynn, chairman of the school committee, told the parents that school and city officials would have to review finances and speak with the bus company, as well as officials from Minuteman, in order to resolve the issue.

The city's bus provider, Eastern Busing Services, will be able to provide the earlier route at no additional cost to the city, according to the school department announcement.

CeCe September 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM
This seems to be a win, win situation. As long as it isn't costing the city more moneny, I'm happy for these students and parents. It would be a big issue for me if my tax dollars were being spent on transportation for students to attend out of city schools when Medford has a wonderful school system. There are plenty of students in the city who need to take public transportation and pay for it themselves because school buses are not in their location. Glad this worked out for all.
Patricia Flynn September 26, 2012 at 05:04 PM
My family and I as well as the Medford citizens/parents of children who attend the Minuteman Vocational High School would like to take this opportunity to publically thank Councilman Penta, Camuso and Marks for their persistant support of all Medford residents. We would also like to thank Mayor McGlynn, Councilors Lungo, Cariviello, School Committee member DiBenedetto and all others involved in securing the safe and timely transportation of Medfords children. A special thank you to Eastern Bus Company for providing this transportation at no additional cost to Medford. These acts are much appreciated. I also wanted to take this opportunity to clarify a comment made by a School Committee member at Monday nights meeting. Ms. Cugno stated that there were no incidents on file at Minuteman Vocational School regarding a student being injured during the time the students were waiting for the bus. This was not an accurate statement. There seemed to have been some miscommunication as there was an incident involving a student at MM.. The student did not require emergency medical treatment, was seen by medical personal on Monday and has no lasting complications. My hope for the future is to see the science labs completed in MHS, the Medford Vocatioinal School to benefit in some upgrades as well. I think Medford should really focus on providing the best education possible for our children, they are our future and hopefully Medford's future. We have to give them a reason to stay.
Patricia Flynn September 26, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I think Medford would be better served taking better care of it's inferstructure, also. Referring to the condemed DPW building/yard, the ongoing conditions at the Medford Police Station, just to mention 2.
Pat September 27, 2012 at 07:06 PM
As happy as I am that the Minuteman students will get to have a bus that leaves right after school I find it a little disturbing that students from North Medford that attend school IN Medford have to wait until 3pm for the bus to leave the high school.
Jessica September 28, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I don't think the way the Minuteman families were notified of this bussing problem was done correctly but I do want to thank Mr. Belson for standing up for the children of the Medford public schools. It is a concern of what will happen next year if Minuteman raises its tuitions again. I sincerely hope that the Minuteman families will take the same amount of energy used regarding this issue and go to the Lexington school commitee meetings and express their concerns over rising tuitions and how it will impact their children next year. Minuteman has actively recruited families outside of their district for years for the hefty tuitions. The rising tuition costs needs to be addressed.


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