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Central bus pickup plan killed after two years

After almost two years of discussion and planning, the Starpoint School Board on Monday killed a resolution to have central bus pickup points for students next year in the district's 19 housing developments.

It was defeated, 8-1, with only board President Sam J. Geraci favoring it.

The vote came after a number of parents -- more than 20 showed up for the board meeting -- opposed to having children walk to central pickup points instead of being picked up in front of there homes as is done now, said they feared for the safety of their children.

Parents questioned the wisdom of doing that when the developments lack street lights and sidewalks and have about 45 days of early-morning darkness that might hamper visibility for motorists driving by the pickup points.

Board member Mark Montazolli and board Vice President Mark Domino suggested a compromise might be reached where only middle school and high school students used central pickup points.

Domino attempted to table the main resolution to allow further discussion, hoping some form of compromise might be reached in the near future.

But Kelly Zarcone, a board member, said the board advertised it would vote on the resolution at Monday's meeting and felt members should do that.

The board then killed the motion to table the resolution and defeated the resolution.

Several board members said the move might not be worth it since a recent pilot program testing the proposal would only save the district $10,000 to $14,000 a year.


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