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School committee pushes to make bus monitors optional

December 6, 2011

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION - The Chariho School Committee has voted to approve a resolution asking state lawmakers to make a change to a Rhode Island general law involving school bus monitors

The law at issue, RI Gen. Law 16-21-1, requires all public and private schools to provide practical transportation to students, and, furthermore, that all bus routes transporting children in the 5th grade or lower require a bus monitor other than the bus driver.

The resolution requests that the General Assembly amend the law “to provide local districts with the option of utilizing bus monitors or alternate approved technologies.”

The resolution states that the committee’s first priority is student safety and new technology exists which enables bus drivers to accurately monitor the location of students while boarding and leaving the bus. It also says that the cost of bus monitors to school districts are significant.

“Giving districts the option to use this technology would help save a great deal for districts across the state,” said Chariho School Committee Member Richard Vecchio, who introduced the resolution to the council.

Vecchio said that the cost of bus monitors is upwards of $400,000 for the district annually, and is a significant cost to districts around the state. He said that the total cost to outfit all buses in the Chariho fleet with new technology would be approximately $90,000.

For more information, pick up a copy of The Chariho Times.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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