Private Schools, Public Buses? A Mamaroneck School Bus Primer
08 Mar, 2012
By Polly Kreisman
Many people first moving to the Mamaroneck School District, with about 5000 students in six schools, and coming from the Village of Larchmont, the Village of Mamaroneck and the Town of Mamaroneck, are surprised to find there are no traditional school bus routes.
Unlike most school districts in the County and the Country, children here do not ride school buses to and from their homes to school, unless they attend a private school within a certain distance. The latter provision comes under New York State law.
Historical reasons for this include the “neighborhood schools” concept, and practical reasons include the fact that families sending their children to private schools, even as far as Greenwich, still pay taxes to the Mamaroneck District and are entitled to some services.
Now, with the tax cap, according to the Lower Hudson Valley Council on School Superintendents, if New York State funded or reduced the mileage limits for private school out-of-district transportation from 15 to 5 miles, and allowed consolidation of services, it could save over $3.5 million in one year. The Mamaroneck School Board is also investigating cost savings related to completely outsourcing its transportation services.
Tuesday night, the Mamaroneck School Board discussed the idea of public transportation for kids at:
- French American School (Upper School- Mamaroneck)
- German School (White Plains)
- Holy Child (Rye)
- Iona Prep (New Rochelle)
- Rye Country Day
- Ursuline School (New Rochelle)
You can imagine the response from parents of the approximately 100 private and parochial school students in grades 6-12, who may soon be on Bee Line buses to school. In some cases, the commuting time is estimated at an hour or more.
The Mamaroneck Board will continue this discussion March 20 at 7:30 p.m. The full presentation can be viewed on the district’s website .