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Lee school buses back in gated communities for now


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Lee school buses back in gated communities for now

By Matt Grant. CREATED Aug 30, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug 30, 2012

CAPE CORAL - Lee County school buses are now going back inside gated communities temporarily after parents raised safety concerns.

After parents complained that new bus stops put their kids at risk by placing them on busy roads with no sidewalks or lights the superintendent decided to bring buses back inside gated communities until a permanent solution could be worked out.

This year the school district began implementing a long ignored policy which states buses can't go into gated communities.

By bringing stops closer to the main road the district was able to shorten bus ride times and cut down on transportation costs. But parents from at least eight mostly gated communities said the new stops were too dangerous.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Burke made the decision last week to temporarily allow buses back inside gated communities, returning to last year's routes, at stops where safety issues have come up.

A committee is being put together to look at safety concerns raised at each bus stop.

School board chairwoman Mary Fischer says one option being looked at is to have buses pick kids up at a central location, like a club house, inside their gated community.

The board is expected to vote on changing the routes and the gated community policy at the Sept. 11 board meeting.

Matt Grant