Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 28, 1974 · Page 8
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 8

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, August 28, 1974
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·As Safely Rule Reduces Service NorthwMt Arkanwj TIMES, Wed., Aug. 28, 1974 rAVITTKVILH, ARKANSAS : l Springdale s Sckool Bus Problems Boil Over At Meeting :2£ ' By JANI NOGGLE ^ . TIMES Staff Writer 5-SPRINGDALE -- "When you .·Selele a service you've been of- 'Bering, · somebody Is going lo be *n g r y , ' ' Thurman Smith Sfringdale School Superinten- 3fcht. said when the subject of TRstvictinR busing transportation to students jiving outside .of. a two-mile radius of Springdale High School, was first brought up at a school board meeting several months ago. pAnd as predicted, parents of students living within two miles of high school, who had in the past ridden school buses, were angry when the board passed the two mile limit for busing students. Approximately 110 persons, (most of them from the White Hills subdivision) gathered at the high school Monday night at a called meeting of the School board to sound their opinions on the subject. Dr. Pat Singletary, president of the school board, gave the board's position in his opening remarks and emphasized that t was the desire of the board :o provide transportation for all Springdale students but in order o meet a federal government regulation by July of 1975 -- vhich requires all children to be seated on buses -- it was necessary to pass the two-mile imit from the high school only iiirt not each grade school in he district. He went on to say that the two-mile limit will affect approximately 150 students but even with the deletion of the service to this many students, the average number of students riding buses will be 78 with the "argest bus seating capacity GC. MORE MUST WALK "This certainly will not satis- 'y federal regulation, so further action can be anticipated next year," he said. It was also emphasized that the school dis- Dial-A-Ride Sets Trip To Eureka The new "Dial-A-Ride" transportation system, sponsored by t h e Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County has scheduled a trip to Eureka Springs Friday. ?_The system provides transportation for residents of Fayetteville 60 years of age or older, and the tour Is open to them. The group will leave at 10 a.m., stop at the. M u s 1 c a 1 Museum, have a picnic lunch at the City Park, tour the shops and crafts displays and return to Fayetteville about 4:30 p.m. There will be no fee for transportation and drinks will be furnished to supplement the sack lunch picnic. Persons wishing to make the trip may call 442-5000 before Wednesday to make reser- yalions. Individual groups m a y reserve the special bus for trips to recreation spots within an hour and a half drive from Fayetteville. Individuals wishing, more information a b o u t specific trips may' also call the atooye number to obtain further SWEPCO Ordered To Supplement Testimony LITTLE ROCK (AP) -Southwestern Electric Power Co., has heen ordered to sup plement the testimony of five o its witnesses in behalf of the proposed coalfired power plan hear Gentry. ' · The s_tate · Public Service Commission issued the order Tuesday in response to a mo tion by Asst. Atty. Gen. Fret Frawley to strike the testimony of the witness because it was "belatedly incomplete." Fraw ley represents the state Plan ning and Health Departments which arc intervenors in th utility's application to build th plant on Little Flint Creek. SWEPCO and Arkansas Elec trie Cooperatives Corp., a part ner in the construction of th proposed plant, filed testimon by five persons: The teslimoh contained only the names, at dresses, -occupations and, i some cases, the education am experience of the.witnesses. · The PSC ordered SWEPCO t provide additional informatio by Wednesday. information r e g a r d i n g t h service. LAFF-A-DAY "No, it's not a modern dance class--one of them tipped nvp, : irip anf farm " the ant farm. FAYETTEVILLE BUSINESS COLLEGE HAS MANY WAYS TO DECLARE YOUR INDEPENDENCE Many fields welcome you, if you have training. Fayetteville Business College is the ideal place to train. Pick a career now. Enrollment Starting Aug. 26th through Sept. 6th !' ! Accounting the demand grows every year. Salaries at all-time high. General Office ClerK Learn the basics of Office Proc ed u res for a successful future. Executive Secretary Master hnsic office skills, then specialize in business procedures. No better way to become an executive than teaming up with one. Bookkeeping Expanding business means tens of thousands of new bookkeepers will be needed. Aeountlng, Secretarial be a top notch Secretary and know · the Company books too.. More and rnore women proving they can run business as well as they run homes. Barriers coining down. Salaries going up. Income Tax Specialist Business Administration and Accounting Part-time, full-time, needed everywhere and the need will grow. Key Punch Learn to Key Punch the input computers and liH one or me 115.000 new Job* in the next decade. FAYETTEVILLE BUSINESS COLLEGE 221 South Locust -- Fayetteville PHONE 442-2241 Licensed by the Stats of Arkansas . Department of Education VA Approved let could not afford to pur- inse a new $10,000 school bus ext year. Singletary then cahca on lembers of the audience to ound their hostilities, questions nd complaints for about an our and a linlt. A woman showed the board photograph ol five buses in ic High school parking lot that 'oren't used that d/iy and as.k- i why there weren't enough uses. Ralph Blj'th, transportation upervisor, said that one p[ the wses was for special activities nd used as a spare, one was or hauling equipment (without eats) and the others were used Imost .every day as spares for le 43 routes. Many of the parents express- d concern about having their hildrcn walk down Elm prings Road, which does not ave sidewalks or traffic sign- Is and carries heavy traffic. 'Ninety per cent of our slu- :ents (in the White Hills addi- ion) are elementary students," said one mother. Comments staling the problems of the parents include: "What about an accident in my car when I'm hauling a car load of children?" "Do you want us to slight our jobs to transporlat our children to school?" "How many children are going to be killed walking down Elm Springs Road this year until we can get buses or sidewalks next year?" "Do you think it's more important to transport students in the band than our children to school!" NOTHING UNIQUE Dr. Guy Nelson, a board member answered, "Your problems are not unique. They are common with others who have never been offered bus services. It would be a tragedy if a child was killed on Elm Springs Road. It would be a tragedy 80-fold is that overcrowded bus had a serious wreck!" ' '·'· '." "-'·"! A double bus route was suggested but it was pointed out that children would be at school unsupervised early in the morning and not get home until after dark. One man asked if persons living a certain distance from the high school could pay a discriminatory tax in order to operate a bus. School administrators said that the school board had no -power, to. levy .such a tax. Applause arose from the audience when a woman suggested, "If we can't get buses, let's get street lights, stop'signs and sidewalks." The school board was even asked to.take the proposal to the City Council. Audience members complained that they pay taxes in Springdale but can't get school bus transportation. In response Singletary isiid, "It costs $612 a ye'ar : to ·: educate .each child in oucihpbr.distrjct;;::! dare say not ; prie' 'persqiy ..hero pays' that much 'in property r tax-- alot' of other : people (without school children) help." Board member John Lisle said, "There are no extra buses' so that's one thing you might as well forget. White Hills is not the only one faced with the change and the problem isn't getting any better; it's getting worse. By July of next year another 524 kids are going to have to get another form of transporttion to school. Each one of you as a father and mother is going to have to work it out." ' Still angry about the situation one audience member told the board, "It boils down to you aren't going to do nothing!" Others wanted to know why, if the buses have operated overloaded for so long without serious accidents, they should stop how. Leland Hamilton, a bus driver, substitute teacher and father of school children, explained the hazards of an overloaded bus. ' He said that on his route there was a narrow bridge on a curve with high embankments on each side and a 12-foot pond on one side and it frightened him to cross it every time but with students in the aisle causing the bus to sway the problem magnified. He added that it takes at least five minutes to evacuate the bus and in an emergency situation that would be too .long. He said that because of his concern for the safety of the children that he would "Respectfully decline to drive a bus next year if all of the students weren't seated." 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