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
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,"
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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