Menifee School Board Considers School Bus Fee Hike

As reported in The Californian last Tuesday, the Menifee School Board is considering raising the fe...

menifee school busAs reported in The Californian last Tuesday, the Menifee School Board is considering raising the fees parents pay to let their children ride the school bus. The proposed fees are $190.00 a year per student, up from the current fee of $170.00.

A week ago, The California went into greater detail on the issue. Of interest, it costs the school district about $590.00 per year to transport a child, yet parents are only having to pay $170.00 per year right now. The difference is eaten by the school district.

In total, the school district eats about $1.15 million per year, just busing kids to school. Actually, the school district is not eating that money, we are. As homeowners, we're paying that money. How could Menifee schools use that money if they didn't have to spend it on busing?

I don't mean to be nasty at Menifee parents. But it seems that in times when our school districts are stuggling to find money, and when we as taxpayers are already taxed as much as we can be taxed, we need parents to step up and solve this issue for us.

In other words, this shouldn't have to be the school district's problem. It should be the parents problem. Either charge the parents the full cost of $590.00 per year, or shut the whole busing system down.

Education is not a right, it's a responsibility. It's every parent's responsibility to get their kid into the classroom on time. The school district shouldn't have to deal with that.

I don't understand why kids can't walk or ride their bikes to school. The neighborhoods and streets here in Menifee are some of the safest I've ever seen in my life. This coming from someone who walked and rode his bike to school in City Heights of San Diego, and Santa Ana, two communities that make Menifee look like "It's a Small World". And I did this from kindergarten all the way through high school, and at one time was doing for twelve miles each way. If I could do it there, why can't kids do it in Menifee?

And the irony is that parents today walked and rode their bikes to school, just like me. How is it they can't allow their kids to do the same?

I know I'm being harsh on this, but then again, I think this needs to be said. $1.15 million is a lot of money I feel could be better spent. I think parents need to step up to the plate and take ownership of this issue.

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  1. I also grew up in San Diego, in Southeast San Diego to be exact. I lived there where crime was rampant. When you could get shot just wearing the wrong color. The main difference between now and then are sexual predators. It seems that more and more pedofiles exist now than ever before. Responding to your thought of education being more of a responsiblity, I agree, but I also agree that it's also our right. I do feel that the district has responsibilities too. Your post seems one-sided, I can see your point, but can also understand the other side of the issue. Let's just keep our children safe.

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  2. Steve is the same guy who stated last year that we should stop giving kids fruits and vegetables because they won't eat them anyway. The district "eats" the expense with tax revenue, that's the way the system works. I live close enough that my kids can walk to school, but not everyone is so lucky. Of course, if I have to point that out to you, it's probably futile.
    Gil

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  3. I’m sure I am going to offend someone, perhaps several folks, with what I am about to say. But in my opinion if you are offended it probably means you are guilty….

    What have we as a society come to were parents can’t find a few minutes in their busy schedules to drive their kid(s) to and from school?

    Let me guess…. You and your spouse both have a full time job, and have to get on the 91 freeway early before traffic gets bad. Of course you both need to work because you have over extended yourself with your new home with tile flooring and granite counter tops, the credit card bills, the car payments for the latest model you just had to have, the big screen TV to watch the game on, and the pool you just put in your back yard. You justify needing the money to buy this stuff because your kids “deserve to have nice things, and you want to give them more than what you had growing up.” But you fail to realized that your kids don’t need more stuff. They need more of your time. They need mom or dad to pick them up from school at a moments notice because they got hurt on the playground playing dodge-ball. They need you to spend that extra couple of minutes in the car, to and from school, to bond with them, show them that they are important, talk to them about what the class bully said behind the lockers that day and how to handle it tomorrow, about how to say no to sex, drugs, smoking, etc., to hear their joy from the A they just go on their paper you helped them work on the night before. That’s what they need, not Versace Jeans and an iPod!

    I’m willing to bet that some of you reading this use the bus system to ship your kid off to daycare after they get out of school because you aren’t back from work until well into the evening. And now the idea of adding a few hundred extra bucks a year to have someone else manage your kid’s life is irritating and rather inconvenient. So you’re protesting the fee hike.

    If you can’t afford to be home for your kids do yourself and your kids a favor; either sell your house, move into a more modest one, sell your “stuff”, and buy a used car, or stop having them! They aren’t puppies! Don’t have them if you don’t want to raise them!

    I doubt I’ve convinced anyone here, but sometimes things just need to be said….

    Now go pick your kids up from school, give them a hug, and take them to get an ice cream, just because!

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  4. I’m sure I am going to offend someone, perhaps several folks, with what I am about to say. But in my opinion if you are offended it probably means you are guilty….

    What have we as a society come to were parents can’t find a few minutes in their busy schedules to drive their kid(s) to and from school?

    Let me guess…. You and your spouse both have a full time job, and have to get on the 91 freeway early before traffic gets bad. Of course you both need to work because you have over extended yourself with your new home with tile flooring and granite counter tops, the credit card bills, the car payments for the latest model you just had to have, the big screen TV to watch the game on, and the pool you just put in your back yard. You justify needing the money to buy this stuff because your kids “deserve to have nice things, and you want to give them more than what you had growing up.” But you fail to realized that your kids don’t need more stuff. They need more of your time. They need mom or dad to pick them up from school at a moments notice because they got hurt on the playground playing dodge-ball. They need you to spend that extra couple of minutes in the car, to and from school, to bond with them, show them that they are important, talk to them about what the class bully said behind the lockers that day and how to handle it tomorrow, about how to say no to sex, drugs, smoking, etc., to hear their joy from the A they just go on their paper you helped them work on the night before. That’s what they need, not Versace Jeans and an iPod!

    I’m willing to bet that some of you reading this use the bus system to ship your kid off to daycare after they get out of school because you aren’t back from work until well into the evening. And now the idea of adding a few hundred extra bucks a year to have someone else manage your kid’s life is irritating and rather inconvenient. So you’re protesting the fee hike.

    If you can’t afford to be home for your kids do yourself and your kids a favor; either sell your house, move into a more modest one, sell your “stuff”, and buy a used car, or stop having them! They aren’t puppies! Don’t have them if you don’t want to raise them!

    I doubt I’ve convinced anyone here, but sometimes things just need to be said….

    Now go pick your kids up from school, give them a hug, and take them to get an ice cream, just because!

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  5. You didn't need to convince me! I am with you all the way on that. Even nicer than driving your kids to and from school.. how about walking or riding your bike with them?

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  6. This is the first place (Menifee) that I've ever heard of parents being charged to have their kids bussed to school, and to the guy who was talking about walking 12 miles to school, you sound like my grandpa. I do not mean to be offensive by any means, but why is riding the bus such a terrible thing?? Part of growing up is learning how to socialize and experience different things such as riding a bus, and not have to be overly sheltered by your parents.

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  7. I think "A Fathers" comment or rather judgement on other parents was rather harsh. Not all parents can afford to sell their home and move somewhere affordable. Has this Father priced homes lately in Southern California? I hate to be the one to break the news to him but the homes in this area ARE the more affordable ones in this part of the state.

    You can make guesses or rather judgements in your case, as to why children need to be bussed to and from school. Unlike you, I don't find that sitting with my child in a car breathing fumes from the long line of traffic is "quality time". Nor is all the hostility that seems to go along with it from the school staff once you arrive at the schools. Not to mention gas prices are still at an all time high. Bussing is more like carpooling and is more conservative than each of the hundreds of children attending school being given their own personal ride.

    If the district is losing so much on transportation, why are they still handing out free rides? I bet if those children riding for free paid for the ride, a lot less children would ride and it might be more cost efficient for the school district. A lot less busses in transit period.

    Quit socking it to those of us who work hard for a living!! (Quit judging us too "A Father", unless you're "The Father", it's not your job.

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  8. It is true that the homes in this area are affordable than anywhere else in California. We recently moved from Orange County and the cost for bus transportation was $300 per semester per student. So I am guessing that $170 a year is pretty reasonable. Believe me as more people move to Menifee the more the cost is going to increase.

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  9. Mamma R,

    The reason you don’t see that time in the car with your children as “quality time” is because you don’t treat it as such. Perhaps if you if you turned off the radio, got off the cell phone and TALKED with your kids, instead of complaining about gas fumes the experience would be more pleasant and rewarding for you and your kids.

    By the way, you can live in an apartment. And no one is making you stay in CA either.

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  10. First of all in line with mommar's comments I, a recently discharged Marine drive 60 minutes to work and 90 minutes home in the only car I own so that my family and I can afford the 3 bedroom 14 year old 1090 sq ft domicile I call home. I don't have tile or granite. I have worn cupboards, fake wood floor and slightly stained carpet because every cent I have is going toward my house payment, you know the whole American dream thing. This is as close to my place of employment that I can afford to live because amazingly it get much more expensive the closer you get to the coast. I spend every moment I have off with my kids, and my wife stays home to ensure they have our idea of a proper and unmolested up bringing. People should quit thinking that getting kids to school "safely" is the parents' problem alone. Last time I looked we were still a society and its time that many of us grow up and see it as such. I'm sure that quite a bit of my taxes go towards programs that don't benefit me directly or personally however It seems to me that handicapped people and senior citizens should still have some of the government assistances they do. So I think I'll refrain from commenting on how they might be squandering their incomes when they could be using it to save me a buck based on imaginary assumptions. When I was a kid I rode the bus to school and I really don't see it as asking too much for children to be bussed by the government to an institution of learning so that they can become better citizens so that they might eventually contribute to the nation we live in. You know the future leaders and what not. Guess I'd rather them care about their fellow Americans than cutting childrens' school bus budgets so they too can have tile floors and granite counter tops like the jones'. By the way the free bus and free lunch cut offs are insulting. As a Marine I was clearing less than 35k a year and still missed the cut off by quite a bit. I doubt anyone in Menifee qualifies for free anything. Maybe you guys should find a better cause.


    Sincerely,
    Father of 2(busting his ass)

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  11. I am sorry but in America EDUCATION in a PUBLIC SCHOOL is A RIGHT!! Yes, it is the parents responsibilty to get their child to school but public schools offer education to EVERYONE!!! I was so shocked that no on else has hit on that one!! Public school is most certainly a RIGHT! And I agree with Lee (posted on Nov.28) things are different now and preditors are out there. It should be about keeping the children safe!

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  12. Like i saud in a previous post. we do assume the responsibility of getting our children to school. look at all the roof's going up, avg the square footage of the home which is normaly 2000 sq ft or larger, than multiply the school fees and taxes by around $ 4.50 a sq ft by the ten's of thousands of homes sold. these tax dollars pay for the bus, tires, maintenance, driver, ect. we have paid in full upon purchase of our new home for district services, now we are simply getting double dipped. i would never let my 8 yr old cross newport rd to walk home from school, how dare the district carge the thousands in school fees only to cut bus service and put my child in harms way..ofcourse we altered our schedule to insure our childrens safety , its more than obvious the district dont care..

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