West Seattle schools: Getting High Point students to Denny

September 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm | In High Point, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 6 Comments

The Denny International Middle School students in our photo will be coming back home this afternoon on school buses provided by Seattle Public Schools – after neighborhood residents won a hard-fought victory to get that transportation. More than 60 Denny students who live in the High Point area are technically in the school’s “walk zone” – at its northern edge – but, as discussed at a community forum with SPS officials last year, were provided with public-transit passes. But as their families and neighborhood leaders explained to the district, that still didn’t work for getting them to school on a timely basis. Tom Bishop from the SPS transportation department says he investigated, and he even discovered that Metro wouldn’t get them there in time. He and Denny principal Jeff Clark worked together, he said, and discovered that two school buses headed for Denny had extra capacity, so starting today, those buses are making stops in High Point. At one of the two stops, near the HP Neighborhood Center, they even had a mini-celebration to welcome the bus (as shown in our photo), but there was a glitch: That bus didn’t show up; it went to the wrong spot, waited several minutes, found nobody, and moved on. Bishop told WSB they’ve straightened things out and both buses will be bringing the students home this afternoon, picking them up tomorrow, etc. Overall, he says, one week after the start of school, they are still working out some of the bugs in the newly overhauled transportation plan (which has fewer buses, each making more runs, in hopes of saving money).

6 Comments

  1. You can blame First Student, the Bus Service Contractor for this one

    Comment by JD — 2:50 pm September 14, 2011 #

  2. Inside the walk zone, but still get bus passes. No wonder Seattle is broke.

    Comment by marty — 3:34 pm September 14, 2011 #

  3. That is a pretty long walk, and probaby dangerous also, depending on which route is taken.

    Comment by here — 6:37 pm September 14, 2011 #

  4. First Student’s fault? How so? You expect them to pick them up for free because their crystal ball tells them where students need rides?
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    It would probably be worse if it were the old bus company. Higher prices for less service. I am just happy that they were able to work this out to everybody’s benefit.

    Comment by Eric — 9:25 pm September 14, 2011 #

  5. I’m sorry, but walking would be the best for everyone. It teaches kids on how to leave on time for school, its greener, cost nothing and kids would be getting healthier with the walking.

    Comment by wsjeep — 7:09 am September 15, 2011 #

  6. It turns out that there are two Sylvan/Morgan intersections at High Point one block apart so that’s where the mix up happened and it’s being resolved. This is huge victory for parents who advocated to reinstate the school bus. As a High Point parent said: “now my kid can focus on her learning instead of worrying about her own safety getting to and from school”.

    Comment by Jen_Calleja — 10:10 am September 15, 2011 #

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