Letter: Shelton eighth grader tired of living through student transportation problems

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

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To the Editor:

My name is Leah Kovacs, an eighth grader at Shelton Intermediate School, and due to recent events I’ve decided to write this letter because I’ve had enough. I’m tired of dealing with the numerous bus issues over the past couple of years, and I’ve finally reached my breaking point. The city of Shelton cannot proceed to coordinate the buses anymore.

I do cross country, and this year it’s in full swing. The team was supposed to have a meet yesterday Thursday, Oct. 28, but because we couldn’t get a bus on time, the meet was called off. I was very disappointed, as this would have been one of my last meets this year. It’s very sad to think that our meet was called off, just because we had no bus to drive us.

In addition, a few weeks ago the terrible bus transportation system ran into another problem that I want to share with you. The bus driver told us that we were to go on a different bus in the afternoon because his route was too long. The next day, I went on the other bus (bus 29) in the afternoon and when I entered I was introduced to a new level of terror. I was lucky enough to find a friend on the bus, so I sat next to her. I quickly realized that multiple buses had been merged into bus 29.

The bus was packed and you could say that we were a bunch of sardines in a can and be taken seriously. We were way too close to each other, not to mention that we’re still in a global pandemic.

Once we left SIS, I assumed we would be heading to our houses, but no, we ended up driving to Perry Hill School to pick up more students. At that point there was no room, and we had about 70 kids on the bus. The maximum capacity for a bus is 77 kids, and we were getting closer and closer to reaching that. To our inconvenience, it was a hot, sunny day. We were sweating like crazy, and we couldn’t do anything about it. We were sitting ducks and we’d have to just wait it out.

As the long route slowly took place and time went on, I was getting extremely worried since I’m responsible to get my younger brother off of his bus. I had to get home on time. My brother goes to Elizabeth Shelton School, and his bus gets home at around 4:25. I got home at 4:15, just 10 minutes earlier than my brother’s bus. Let me remind you that my school ends an hour earlier than his. This is sad to think about because my school ends an hour earlier and somehow I managed to get home just 10 minutes earlier than him. After that horrible day on bus 29, many parents complained and once again adjustments had to be made to our bus number and routes.

All in all, the management of the buses is horrific and unorganized, and I cannot express how disappointed I am in the city of Shelton. We should have our old bus company back, because this is what the bus company specializes in — organizing and managing buses.

The city of Shelton should take this into consideration and quit trying to run a bus company and let people do what they specialize in.

Thank you for hearing me out.

Leah Kovacs

Shelton Intermediate School eighth grader