• Petitioned SPF BOE

This petition was delivered to:

Business Administrator
Deborah Saridaki
Transportation Coordinator
Donald Sentivan
Dr. Margaret Hayes

Scotch Plains Fanwood Board of Education: Restore bus service to affected residents

    1. Petition by

      John & Nancy Lama

      Scotch Plains, NJ

The parents of seemingly all children living in Scotch Plains and Fanwood who are located less than 2 miles from an elementary school and 2.5 miles from the high school were notified on June 17th that bus service which had been provided to residents for decades would be discontinued. As my family lives on Rolling Knolls Road (just over 1.9 miles from Park Middle School), I can only assume that this recent enforcement affects all families throughout the SPF district; however the letter we received gave no details of the reasoning or scope of the enforcement. The only explanation provided was that based upon NJ Administrative Code our street no longer qualifies for busing.

While the NJ Administrative code does not require the SPF BOE to provide bus service to students within the 2 and 2.5 mile criteria, section 6A:27-1.3 of the code does permit BOE(s) to provide transportation to students within those distances either at the cost of the district or the individual residents. Why not continue the service or at the minimum provide the option to residents? Are we to believe that transportation costs will be reduced when it appears that our route is not being eliminated? Simply reducing the number of children wouldn't seem to likely to lower the cost.

The failure to notify residents of an impending decision or to provide for opportunity to be heard in advance has left the families in my community to independently reach out to BOE members in an attempt to be heard and respond to a reckless decision. Since when do we in Scotch Plains and Fanwood strive to only meet the minimum necessary requirement for our children and families.


Please let the SPF BOE know that you are concerned and want to be heard and sign my petition to restore bus service to affected residents.

Deborah Saridaki, Business Administrator
Donald Sentivan, Transportation Coordinator
Dr. Margaret Hayes, Superintendent
I just signed a petition requesting the SPF BOE restore bus service to affected families in the district.

I believe it is in the best interests of the community to provide for adequate transportation services to the children attending our schools.

My voice will be heard at upcoming board meetings.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. SPF Bus Cancellation

      John & Nancy Lama
      Petition Organizer

      Update #2: Less than 48 hours and we're up to 87 signatures. Thanks to everyone who signed and shared the petition. I'll be sending an email a little later in the day with my efforts to gather additional information, enlist support from you to get more signatures and develop a plan for the Board meeting.

    3. Reached 50 signatures
    4. SPF BUS Cancellation

      John & Nancy Lama
      Petition Organizer

      Update #1: Thanks to everyone for signing. The next board meeting is scheduled for August 29 at 7:30PM at the administrative offices behind Evergreen. My voice will be heard.

    5. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Gene Booth SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ
      • 5 months ago

      We are asked to pay more and more and receive less and less...

    • Thomas Cocca FANWOOD, NJ
      • about 1 year ago

      my kids walk over a mile to get to middle school and I have very little options im a single dad and leave for work at 7am

    • Cimi Sivaneri SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ
      • about 1 year ago

      We live on Raritan Road, one of the main arteries, which has heavy traffic during peak hours and it is dangerous even for adults to walk on this road as there is no walk way. With these hazardous conditions, we cannot expect a 9 year old to walk and cross the heave traffic roads such as Raritan Road and Cooper Road without any crossing guard.

      • about 1 year ago

      I go to work early in the morning and I have 2 yr old also whum I have to drop to day care. My road is a heavy traffic road and I can not allow my son to walk 1.9 mile to school.

    • Michelle Oakley Mari SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ
      • about 1 year ago

      Traffic to Park Middle is insane and difficult when so far away, plus need to drive to 2 different schools!


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