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PISCATAWAY – Diocesan school officials today met with Piscataway Township public school district officials to discuss viable options to reinstate busing services for nonpublic school students, who reside in the township.
Following the meeting at the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, Teresa M. Rafferty, Superintendent of Schools of the Piscataway School District, said she and her staff immediately will work to come up with a viable plan that would allow bus transportation to resume for 40 St. Francis and Holy Savior Academy students, who previously were denied bus service for the 2015-16 academic year.
“Our meeting today was respectful and productive,” said Ellen Ayoub, Superintendent of Schools of the Diocese of Metuchen. “We were afforded an opportunity to engage in effective dialogue with district officials and to work toward a solution together. This is what we set out to do.”
Ayoub said, Piscataway Township school district officials will take another look at the two eliminated bus routes to see what can be done.
“We are hopeful that the district can present a reasonable plan for student busing that we can accept so that we may resolve this matter expeditiously, for the benefit of the students, families and schools affected.”
Ayoub said she has been assured by public school district officials that they are committed to working together to find a solution as quickly as possible. According to district officials, students may be back on buses as early as Monday, Sept. 14.
Holy Savior Academy and St. Francis School principals, Kristen Kiernan and Barbara Stevens, said they will keep parents informed of any progress made in the area of reinstating student bus transportation for their children. They also encourage parents to attend the Sept. 10 open Board of Education Meeting as planned.
Kiernan and Stevens said the school communities would like to be able to thank school district members in person at the meeting for their willingness to work with the Diocese on finding a solution for student busing and also to encourage the district to keep nonpublic school transportation a priority in the future.
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