Independence Hills School Bus Route
Students who reside in the Independence Hills Subdivision, near United South Middle and High school, thought they were beginning the school year being able to ride the bus.
Thats not so, a recently opened bridge has made it easier for students to travel but it hasn't made it any easier for parents to adjust.
The parents near the United South Schools aren't happy the bus route was closed so close to the school year and want answers.
"I don't know what else to say how else to put it to them why make this decision we do want that bus route back," said Christie Lara a concerned Parent.
Residents of the Independence Hills Subdivision got a short notice this past Monday.
They will no longer be eligible for school bus transportation services beginning August 27, this school year.
Christie Lara is concerned about how children will adjust to the Laredo weather. "When it's really cold here its really cold when it rains how, I mean they need to be realistic it's almost two miles its not just a few blocks."
Aside from the weather Christie Lara has a very young daughter. She looked up the sex offenders in her zip code; of the 49 recorded sex offenders in the area four live less then five blocks from the school.
Something that Lara says, keeps her up at night.
She says, "god forbid I cant take my kid to school. Shes 13-years-old barely going into her teenage years. I'm concerned, I can only imagine a mother of an eleven-year-old girl that is in 6th grade that needs to walk"
Director of Public Relations U.I.S.D. Veronica Yunes says,"these families live in a subdivision where there was a bridge completed that allows them easier access to their child's school.
That bridge is the Merida Street Bridge. State of Texas Law says they are only required to bus children within a two mile radius, making it walking distance. "With the completion of the bridge children actually live closer and that is why the bus route was canceled," says Yunes.
With all the cuts schools have had to make, Veronica Yunes looks at it as a learning lesson parents should make with their children,"this is a good time to talk to their children about safety concerns as they enter the school year they should talk to them about not talking to strangers obeying cross guards and police officers in uniform."
Christie Lara she has started a petition and hopes that the school district will consider putting the bus route back.