11 Jan

District might reinstate busing

first_imgEAST WHITTIER – East Whittier City School District could resume busing students to and from school, possibly as early as next month, officials said Thursday. Officials were forced to discontinue the district’s busing program several years ago in the face of funding cutbacks by the state. But the recent death of a boy while riding his bike home from his middle school prompted officials to seek out ways to provide transportation, district administrators said. Superintendent Joe Gillentine said free bus transportation to and from three middle schools will be provided from five bus stops. The selected stops will eliminate the need for students to walk or bike across busy major streets, he said. For East Whittier Middle, the bus stop would be at Danbrook Drive and Greenleaf Avenue; for Granada Middle, two stops would be at the Bright Medical parking lot and Ceres Elementary School; and for Hillview Middle, two stops would be at Tarryton Avenue and Mulberry Drive, and Calmada Avenue and Mystic Street. “I wanted to do this when I got here last year because of our unique situation,” Gillentine said, referring to the fact that the district is not eligible to receive state money for busing. “We’re just doing this minimal transportation program now. But we plan next year to have a more comprehensive transportation package,” he added. The district’s lack of busing returned to the forefront last month, after an East Whittier Middle School student was hit by a truck and killed as he rode home on his bike. “The death of the boy was shocking for everyone. But his death prompted City Council members to ask if there was anything they could do, and we said, `Yes, we’ve been working on this transportation package, and if you can come up with a way to help us, that would be great,”‘ Gillentine said. For now, the district plans to use about $60,000 of its own money to fund the busing program. However, if more parents than expected request busing for their children, the district might turn to the city for financial help, Gillentine said. City officials, meanwhile, are looking at other bus companies to see if they could provide the service cheaper than the company already identified by the district, said City Manager Steve Helvey. Strict rules on how cities can use public transportation dollars prohibit Whittier from funding a school bus program, he added. “But we’re willing to do what we can,” said Helvey. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
3 Jan

Louis van Gaal warns difficult times ahead for two-goal hero

first_img Memphis Depay 1 Louis van Gaal has warned it will be difficult for Memphis Depay to continue the dazzling form he showed in Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over Club Brugge.Memphis scored two outstanding goals in a man of the match display as well as laying on for Marouane Fellaini to also net after an early Michael Carrick own goal.The former Netherlands manager was delighted Memphis finally showed why United paid £25m for his services but suggested there is still a lot for the 21-year-old to learn.He told BT Sport: “I am very happy for him because a player needs that. I said it’d be a matter of time and it was a matter of time.“Hopefully he shall continue but it’s difficult for him – he’s 21 and has only played two seasons for PSV but I have confidence in him.”Van Gaal was also pleased with the impact made by Fellaini, whose late goal means that the Red Devils will go into the second leg next week in a more commanding position.“It makes a difference I think, because 2-1 is a very difficult result. We deserve much more because we created a lot of chances,” he continued.“There was a lot of criticism that we never shoot at goal and not create chances but you’ve seen that now we create a lot of chances but no goals.“It was important to score the third goal and we did so it’s a fantastic win today.“So now we have to be careful in Brugge and normally it would not be easy but we have the quality to win there as well.”last_img read more