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Applications for Subscription Busing Now Available

Applications for the 2012-2013 year must be made online by June 30.

After being pleased with the savings and the results, the Board of Education will continue its subscription busing program next year.

Under the subscription plan, parents pay a yearly fee per child for busing, rather than the school district providing the service for free as it had before the current year.

Next year’s fee will remain the same at $580 per student with a family cap of $1,160. The fee is non-refundable, according to district officials.

Applications for subscription busing must be submitted online this year by Saturday, June 30. Administrators emphasize that any anyone other than new students applying after June 30 will be placed on a waiting list and will not be scheduled for busing before September 17 - if seats are still available on the appropriate bus.

Parents/Guardians must use the online CommunityPass registration and payment system to sign up. Subscription busing information and instructions for creating an account and paying through the system have been mailed to all district families who are eligible for subscription busing.

They are also posted on the school's transportation website. Subscribers may pay by credit card, or they may pay by check after submitting the application online.

The switch to subscription busing was a with lots of school officials said the move and saved the district some money in a tough economy. Families who were schools asked for courtesy busing but were denied.

Children in grades K-8 who live more than two miles from school and those in high school who live more than 2.5 miles from school receive state mandated transportation. But anyone who lives closer than that does not.

Students who paid for busing this year and want to continue must still reapply, officials say.

“Past participation does not guarantee a seat,” according to information sent out by the district Thursday.

Parents can determine whether their children qualify by checking the “Street Eligibility” list in the Transportation webpage at www.millburn.org, or download it at: http://www.edline.net/pages/Millburn_Township_PS/Transportation/Street_Eligibility.

is available for families income is $81,586 a year or less.

 Families interested in applying for the waiver must fill out a waiver application as well as file the federal government’s application for free/reduced meals. Waiver applications must be submitted each year. The form can be found on the Transportation page or here: http://www.edline.net/pages/Millburn_Township_PS/Transportation/WaiverApplication

This form must be returned along with the application for subscription busing, and proof of income.

Bus route information and bus passes will be mailed to families in August. Questions may be emailed to busing@millburn.org or  kathleen.mcgowan@millburn.org.

Sophie April 16, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Hi Marty Wilson -- It sounds like the problems that the community is facing such as very high taxes, not being able to afford the extras for our kids, etc. are due to mismanagement on the part f the school administration and Board of Education. Looks like no one was watching the store here for many years. But as far as paying for all the extras, aren't our kids guaranteed a free public education? If that education requires supplies, trips, etc., shouldn't those expenses be covered by the taxes? It seems that asking parents to pay for those extras provides the district with yet another revenue source and encourages less budgetary discipline at the district offices. Also, are you one of those We Love Millburn people that Hedley is valiantly protecting our community from? I've heard so much about We Love Millburn but have yet to meet anyone who admits to being a member.
Marty Wilson April 16, 2012 at 06:47 PM
sophie - I think our town and county and state are facing very high taxes. i don't know if people can afford extras for their kids. i do know teachers are making a pretty sweet living with guaranteed cadillac health care and lifelong guaranteed pension benefits. their 401k's did not get halved (201k) like many of ours during the financial crisis. The school administration is probably aligned with the teachers, not the taxpayers so I wouldn't hold my breath for them to do the right thing. The BOE members are enigmatic. You would think they would represent the taxpayers - but the carrot being held out to them by the teachers and administration - good college outcome for their kids - usually has the same effect as a congressional reformer going to washington - the lure of doing the wrong thing is too great. I don't completely follow the latter half of your first paragraph. what education is free? i think the we love millburn cabal disbanded after laying waste to that iill advised $40 million bond referendum. Talk about dodging a potential albatross. with declining or flat enrollment and the finanical crisis, that thing would have been a lead weight around our necks. sorry to mix metaphors. we love millburn hasn't been heard from since they led that fight. I think they were mostly run out of town - you would think the Lise Chapman's and other supporters of huge education spending would, in crystal clear hindsight, at the bare minimum apologize to those guys.
Sophie April 17, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Mr. Wilson - You certainly don't paint a very pretty picture: Administrators aligned with the teachers, elected BOE members acting to further their own children's college positions, enigmatic BOE members, etc., etc. This doesn't sound very good at all. How does one change all of this? As for We Love Millburn, they are starting to sound almost myth-like, like the characters from that movie The Magnificent Seven. They ride into town, tall in the saddle, and defeat the $40 million bond. Then ride into the sunset after the job is done. How romantic (sigh). Who was the Yul Brynner character in We Love Millburn? How about the Steve McQueen character? And why do you think that people like Hedley hates/fears them so much?
Nantz April 17, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Marty - you sure are farting around a lot. I think you need to remember these teachers are responsible for the future leaders of America as they are the ones held to educate them. I don't think you should give a damn about their salaries and days off as I am sure you have some cushy job with more fringe benefits than what the teachers get. You should take your dump elsewhere as your roses really smell like poo poo.
Sophie April 17, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Hi Nantz - You are so right about the teachers being responsible for training the future leaders of America. Whenever I see those very inspiring Barack Obama link banners on top of this Patch page such as "Barack Obama Needs Your Help" or "Join Michelle Obama in Supporting Barack" (right next to the "Bunny's Sports Bar -- 18 New Flat Screen TVs" ads), I realize how critical our teachers' role is in training our future leaders (because God knows we'll need them). Why don't we start by sending all the teachers on fun-filled taxpayer financed junkets to Las Vegas. Why should the GSA have all the fun? Besides, how else will the teachers know what is expected of our future leaders?

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