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Tell Us: Do Easton Schools Need Bus Monitors?

Parent contacts school officials about bus monitors after incident on South Side.

Do Easton Area school buses need a bus monitor?

Ronnie Delbacco thinks they do. As a parent with a child in middle school, he said he often hears about unruly behavior on the bus that takes his daughter from South Side Easton to school in Forks Township.

The latest incident happened Thursday, when some students apparently broke the door on the bus. 

“It doesn’t seem they can control the behavior," Delbacco said of the district, which is why he contacted school officials to suggest the idea of having a bus monitors, at least for middle school students.

“Just the presence of an adult…will keep most kids that age at bay," he said. "It can’t be the only bus in the district that’s dealing with this.”

Stephen Furst, principal of the 7th and 8th grade middle school, said that the district was aware of the incident, although he couldn't confirm how or even if the door was broken.

Furst said school officials are investigating, and take any complaints of bus misbehavior seriously. 

At the same time:

"We're dealing with kids who, in some cases, are going to make poor choices from time to time," he said. 

He said the district had used bus monitors in the past, but wasn't sure if there were any Easton Area buses still using them.

What do you think? Does there need to be another adult on Easton Area buses? Tell us in the comments. 

Barbara Calhoun Nuss December 13, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Yes. As a parent of a child who was taunted and assaulted on the bus by an older grade school student, I say something needs to be done. Since the boy did not receive any punishment for his actions the taunting did not stop. We decided to drive him to and from school now. It seems as though the good students get punished more than the bad.
Anonymous December 13, 2013 at 07:38 AM
The behavior on the bus is out of control. It is a free for all since they know that the driver has to stay focused on the road. I would put monitors on the buses. Of course it is always a matter of money. Video cameras can only do so much if they do not have sound. Parents, band together and come up with solutions. Your children should not have to put up with this on the bus. This is not healthy for any age person.
Sue Jarrell December 13, 2013 at 07:59 AM
I really think they should have monitors. As a retired crossing guard, I used to crossed unruly middle school for Wilson and I know how they acted walking home from school, I can't even imagine how they act on an enclosed area, like a bus. One year I was beside an EASD bus and a middle school student threw a pencil out the window at my car and almost poked me in the eye. So, yes, I think these kids need to be monitored more, for making bad choices, like that. Not saying they are bad kids, they just don't know how to channel that excess energy they have to something good or positive. Some are followers and some are leaders.
Moving forward December 13, 2013 at 07:59 AM
I absolutely agree, bus drivers do nothing!!!! There needs to be an additional person on the bus to help in situations that may arise. Whether it's bullying on the bus violence towards another child or a medical emergency. Bus drivers for some reason don't get involved, some kids really get abused and bus drivers turn their head,instead how about pulling the bus over put your hazard lights on and take charge of the bus start yelling at the kids who are not acting right. OR take the bad kids put them up front.. OR if it's really out of control, pull over and call the cops! I'm sure they wouldn't have a problem talking to the kids. People are afraid to get involved... Kids need decipline otherwise they cross the line.
Frederick Schoenenberger December 13, 2013 at 08:05 AM
Identify the troublemakers and notify the parents they will NOW be driving them to and from school. Kick them the heck off the bus if they are gonna act like idiots. There should be adult supervision (besides the bus driver who can't monitor) on ALL school buses, period end of story! Get your head out of your Butt Mr. Furst!
JoAnn December 13, 2013 at 08:23 AM
May I remind the parents and taxpayers of the EASD that we would have more money for bus monitors and videos if this school district would stop with the booby bracelet thing and worry about safety on a moving bus, remember the bus driver is watching the road not your kids!! And you would think that by the time a student gets to middle school appropriate behavior would have already been instilled -- I guess not
Tonia Edwards December 13, 2013 at 08:35 AM
Yes I believe they should. My daughter has been taunted for two years now. To the point of having things stolen from her, her glasses broken, coming home soaked because kids throw liquids at her. She tries to tell the bus driver. But he don't care. So yeah a bus monitor might help with the out of control children.
JoAnn December 13, 2013 at 08:51 AM
do you know how they punish children in the Middle school, the student spends the day in BMR. BMR is behavior modification room, the kids can day dream, or sleep the day away like this is punishment ? if the kids is real lucky they get suspended and don't have to come to school at all ? The bus drivers can not interfere without putting the bus, and the other passengers in jeopardy, and compromising the rules of the road. here's a thought why don't we bring back monitors put them on the bus and when a kid acts out give him a real punishment like cleaning windows on the bus, or sitting behind the bus driver so he can be monitored like an unruly child
JoAnn December 13, 2013 at 09:11 AM
how about this big waste of money -- two children were booted from EASD cause of loosing their Forks township home and are now living in a camper. So off EASD goes to US District court in Philadelphia where again the district lost and the Judge ordered the district to re enroll them to get some stability in their lives geesh fire this attorney he seems to be spending more money on court and loosing -- the district can spend the money saved in more pro-active ways like bus monitors !!!
Marion Joseph Estephan December 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM
Absolutely,some of these kids are so unruly and disrespectful.Some of the parents have an attitude.The district should stop wasting money on the silly bracelet controversy and wake up.
DorisAnn Fletcher Duryea December 14, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Yes, I drive for Easton. I dont need a monitor on my bus but when I do a late run the kids are out of control. It doesn't matter if you have a monitor or not they just do not care. I really think that when I write someone up for acting out instead of a BMR they should find their own way to school for a few days.
Patricia Heckman December 14, 2013 at 08:40 AM
My husband and daughter both drive for Easton. I feel the need to say something in the bus drivers defense. You can not place all the blame on the drivers for the conduct on the bus. I know, for a fact that tapes recording the behavior goes into the schools and hardly, if anything is done about these kids. Ohh they may be put off the bus for a few days, but then it starts all over again. The parents should take responsibility for their children's behavior as well.
JoAnn December 14, 2013 at 08:40 AM
I would think that the union would field your concerns -- what does the leadership feel about the safety of it's drivers, the other passengers, and the bus? Case in point if you have a bunch of kids acting out and the driver of the bus is concentrating on the road conditions, or the traffic, the safety issue inside the bus is compromised, however, if the driver is distracted the safety of bus and others on the road is compromised, how is this scenario readily addressed ?
Jeanelle Rumfield-Daniels December 14, 2013 at 09:14 AM
I work for Easton.We have almost 100 buses going out morning and afternoon a moniter on every bus?? Does anyone have any idea of that cost??? $3,800 a day!!! More tax money. Camera systems for the buses are in the works, should happen this year. The sad part is, drivers do write up kids but the burden of proof is on the driver. Transportation is NOT in charge of discipline, the schools are. Stern warnings, letters to the parents, BMR... Not enough. Get the kids off the bus!!! Not every bus is bad, not every kids is bad. The kids who make bad choices are protected by the system and/or their parents. I feel for the "innocent" kids and parents. For the parents who call the schools to complain and are told "I will transfer you to Transportation" Don't accept that answer, we send tapes and write ups to the school. Then we wait for an outcome just as the parents do. I as a parent preach to my child about behaving on the bus, respecting the driver, all the rules of the car are the same for the short bus ride he has. Parents need to step up if not to teach their kids how to behave then to find them another way to school. Our drivers do a great job getting over 9,000 kids to school, field trips, sporting events SAFELY. What's the saying? A few bad apples ruin bunch? Get rid of the few bad apples...
JoAnn December 14, 2013 at 09:57 AM
$3,000./day is pittance compared to a lawsuit -- better an ounce of prevention than a pound of flesh !! And thank you Jeanelle -- I have had some great bus drivers when my kid was in the district -- and I had a wonderful woman who did the private school run. Merry Christmas Mrs. K!!! We as a people need to remove all the bad apples before they ruin and fruits of this land !! totally Great comment Jeanelle !!
Bill E. Timmann Cml December 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM
JoAnn, $3,000./day is a pittance? You do realize that the $3,800/day comes out to $684,000.00/year? That won't even be all, what about taxes and benefits for the monitors? The actual cost will more than likely come out to over $1,000,000.00/year. I have a son that goes to EAMS. He has gotten picked on previously. He will probably get picked on in the future. I will do my due diligence as a parent to make certain that he is protected and if not, then those responsible prosecuted. Look at what the district did with the elementary school security guards. They got rid of them, because they were ineffectual at best, and useless at worst. The same will be done by monitors on the school buses. I have seen numerous buses with monitors on them, and the kids don't behave any better. It doesn't help when the monitors sit up front with the bus driver and carry on conversations with them, while ignoring the children. Lets face the facts. BMR and detentions are a joke anymore. They are just study halls. The kids even get to play games on computers, as long as they are on the district's website, or approved list. The district needs to get back to the basics. Hand out writing assignments, that if they aren't done, they get another BMR or detention. Don't let them do their school work in there, unless it absolutely has to be done during school hours. Make them take it home and , heaven forbid, do their HOMEWORK at home. We have to stop listening to the rhetoric that the district gives us about what is and is not positive reinforcement and force them to stop listening and pandering to the minority that don't want their "innocent" little Timmy punished. They need to toughen up and fight where it needs to be fought, instead of chasing after frivolous lawsuits.
JoAnn December 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM
one million is pittance compared to what the tax payers are going to pay if some body's kid gets hurt on the bus. or God forbid killed -- and let 's remind everyone how much the district has already paid that attorney that just won't quit with the booby bracelets. I had kid in the school district and she was afraid to go to the bathroom during the day for fear of getting jumped. One year of the middle school was enough. my daughter came home one day with a blood soaked top and blood smeared all over her face. She had a bloody nose in school and her dumb teacher either ignored it or missed it . I immediately called a meeting with the school and shoved that shirt in front of their sorry faces. You do know that for every student that has special needs that are referred to the special education unit for more money -- it's not about education anymore it's about money -- until the school district realizes the parents want what is best for the students which is academic education, and a safe place to learn -- you are better off pulling your kid out of the district and either home schooling or put them in a private school -- I pulled my daughter, found an affordable private school (a car payment in lieu of education) with a payment plan and scholarships it can be done -- she was safe and she found the academic foundation she needed for a very successful college career. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET THE TIME BACK TO MAKE UP THE EDUCATION YOUR SON IS MISSING unless you send him to remedial classes at Northampton Community College.
Beverly Paulus January 07, 2014 at 06:27 PM
PARENTS, Please pay attention to your child/children in and outside of the home! Listen to your Children (Be a Good Listener)! Our schools are good but only as good as our children! Teach your children at home how to respect, care for others, and be firm if your child/children do seem to care! YOU are person who your chid will respect by your attention and your attitude towards others. We (as parents) really set the example for our child's/children's behavior OUTSIDE THE HOME! They are the product of their parents.
JoAnn January 07, 2014 at 06:39 PM
I don't hear the need for bus monitors in the Bangor SD or the Nazareth SD? Hmmmm
Pirmigrin January 09, 2014 at 10:26 PM
Easton had bus monitors on the Middle School bus's as recently as 4 years ago on South Side, but I believe they were a victim to budget cuts. Cant have what cant be paid for.....

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