Wyoming Valley West School District Changing Bus Service

KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Dan Stragis has a son who attends Chester Street Elementary in Kingston. Each day after school, his child takes the bus to Little People Daycare.  For some parents, the before and after school program here is a lifesaver.

"Considering me and my wife both work, she doesn't get out until after 4:30. I work nights," said Stragis.

But starting January, the services at Little People Day Care will be much harder to access. Right now, around 50 students use the before and after school program. In a letter to the daycare, Wyoming Valley West School District officials say due to overcrowding on their buses, daycares in the district will no longer be able to use the bus stops in place for resident students. School leaders also intend to eliminate bus stops that have been added with daycares in mind.

"I was a little dumbfounded to say the least, because I'm paying for busing no matter what," said Stragis.

Little People Day Care says it’s been flooded with calls from parents who are confused and upset. For some parents, this means having to find home care for their children, which may be more costly than daycare. Administrators here say they could provide busing services to the children who use their program. But the cost would be passed on to parents.

"As taxpayers, I do not believe it should be passed on to them," said Deirdre Keefe with Little People Day Care.

Educators at Little People Day Care say the decision also makes it hard for parents who do not live within walking distance of a daycare that provides before and after school services.

 


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