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Cairo-Durham parents speak out against long bus rides, crowded classrooms

DURHAM, N.Y. -- Parents had quite a bit to say Tuesday at a Cairo-Durham Board of Education meeting, addressing concerns about long bus rides and crowded classrooms.

Outspoken parents attending the meeting said a re-alignment plan of kindergarten through fifth grade could potentially mean a one-hour and 20 minute bus ride for students, as well as crowded classrooms at Durham Elementary School.

The district covers 117 square miles, and is largely rural.  However, Transportation Director Marc Schroder says their analyst shows kids won't spend more than an hour on the bus at any given time.

"Some students may have a longer a.m. ride; some will have a longer p.m. ride.  And that's how it's always worked out, I was just looming at some of the routes, some of the students were on the bus in the morning 50 minutes, and they may have a 10 minute afternoon bus ride," said Schroder.

The school board has chosen to keep Durham Elementary School open, while many parents said it should be closed and consolidated to save money. Some parents questioned the safety and quality of education for kids placed in the school. 

But Superintendent Mary Fasset disagrees.

"I don't believe it's unsafe, I do believe it will be a good learning environment," she said.

The school board president says Durham Elementary will remain open for this year.

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