Parents Concerned About Children's Walk To School

September 8, 2011 Updated Sep 8, 2011 at 8:16 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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September 8, 2011 Updated Sep 8, 2011 at 8:16 PM EDT

Tonawanda, N.Y. (WKBW)- Parents here at Barton and Military Road said their children are not provided a ride to school because they live less than 1.2 miles away from the building but now their kids have to cross this busy road and it has them concerned.

Nicole Castrogiovanni and Carrie Tremutulo say both their Hoover Middle school students were not provided a bus this year by the school district so now it's up to them to walk crossing one of the busiest streets in town.

"All elementary schools are eligible for a bus but when you move to middle school there is a mileage you have to live 1.2 miles away. If you live any thing closer you're a walker," Castrogiovanni said.

Ken-Ton Schools Superintendent Mark Mondanaro said the rule concerning the mileage requirements for busing is voted on by the community and can't easily be changed without a vote.

"I'm horrified especially because there's two blocks without a crossing guard and it's a long walk for a 10 year old," Tremutulo said.

Castrogiovanni map out her son's route on the computer.

"When we pulled up Google maps it said 1.3 miles for side streets and if you take Sheridan to Hoover it's 1.6 miles well over the 1.2 mile guideline," Castrogiovanni said.

Mondanaro said that the mileage is calculated with different software that follows New York State guidelines. As for the crossing guard, he said legally the district cannot hire for those jobs, hat is the duty of the police department. Due to budget cuts within the department, police officials said four crossing guards across town had to be cut this year.

"I love the district never had any complaints. He gets a quality education. He loves his classes and teacher. I don't want to pull him out of school because they won't provide a safer way for my son to cross the street," Castrogiovanni said.

Mondanaro sayidthey are taking the concerns into consideration and re-measuring some of the routes this week. He wants to assure parents safety of the 8100 students in the district is a main priority.