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N. TONAWANDA SCHOOL CHIEF PROBING BUSING COMPLAINT

North Tonawanda School Superintendent John H. George is investigating the complaint of a Washington Street mother who said her 5-year-old son was dropped off by a school bus driver at a side street the boy had been told never to cross alone.

As a result, Michele Bridge said, she found her son, a Drake School kindergartner, wandering on their street after crossing two intersections.

Ms. Bridge said when her son didn't arrive home for a quarter of an hour, she became alarmed and telephoned the school but got a recorded message that the school was closed. Ms. Bridge said she did receive a notice of a change in the drop-off point -- but it was a day late. Instead of being dropped off at his home the boy was dropped off a couple blocks away at Washington and Phillip Street.

The mother said she telephoned the school district transportation office, and was adviced to take her complaint to the next Board of Education meeting.

That advice annoyed School Board Vice President Patricia A. Brzezinski who said the transportation department should have taken the complaint and that the parent should never have been told that she had to attend a board meeting to lodge her complaint.

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