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December 31, 1997 | VANESSA DeRUYTER
Despite student complaints, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District officials say El Dorado High School has enough campus parking. Students have complained about a lack of parking since the city recently placed restrictions on streets surrounding the south end of campus. Trustee Craig Olson said a district study found ample campus parking for students, although growing enrollment might pose future problems.
December 12, 1997 | DEBRA CANO
Trustees in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District revised its controversial transportation policy this week and agreed to restore some scheduled reductions in bus service. In August, the board said it would eliminate 31 middle and high school bus stops in January and 17 elementary stops in September 1998, affecting about 600 students. Trustees said the cuts were needed to reduce transportation costs in the growing district and put off the need to acquire at least two new buses.
November 21, 1997 | VANESSA DeRUYTER
Parents this week urged Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District trustees to drop plans to eliminate dozens of bus stops, saying they would be willing to pay to maintain service levels. Trustees in August approved revamping its transportation system, including reducing bus-riding eligibility zones in neighborhoods closer to schools. Under the action, 38 stops would have been eliminated in January for middle and high schools.
November 1, 1997 | VANESSA DeRUYTER
Angry parents this week continued to protest the planned elimination of 22 middle and high school bus stops in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. More than 30 parents attended a board meeting, denouncing the new busing policy, which would affect 700 of the 3,500 students bused each day. Parents said some students would be forced to walk up to 4 miles down busy streets to school. "What were [trustees] thinking of?" asked Susan Reese, a Valencia High School parent.
The state has withheld a $100,000 grant to the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District pending an investigation into claims by Latino activists that the money was unfairly earmarked for affluent, predominantly white schools. However, Terry Emmett, the state coordinator for the Goals 2000 federal grant, emphasized the routine nature of the inquiry. "There has been no determination that they have done anything wrong at this point," she said.
August 29, 1997 | JENNIFER LEUER
Parents will have to pay $180 a year to have their child ride the bus to Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District schools starting in the 1998-99 school year. District trustees voted Tuesday, 3 to 1, to revamp the district transportation system by charging a $1 per day busing fee and eliminating more than 80 bus stops. Board President Karin M. Freeman was absent; Trustee Roseann Thorn cast the dissenting vote.
August 26, 1997 | JENNIFER LEUER
A plan to charge parents a $180 annual school bus fee will be considered tonight by trustees of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. The $1 per day fee for each student would help offset transportation costs in the growing district, said Steve Umber, director of transportation. The district would begin collecting the fee in September 1998.
August 24, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN
Nearly all first-, second- and third-grade classes will meet the goal of no more than 20 pupils this year, officials said, as the district continues to focus on raising academic standards. Supt. James O. Fleming said facilities in the district's 19 elementary schools are being modified to accommodate smaller classes. More than 50 new portable classrooms and 80 new teachers will be on hand when schools open.
July 22, 1997 | DEBRA CANO
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District trustees tonight will consider instituting a busing fee for students, starting in September. Under the proposal, the district would charge student bus riders $1 a day or $180 per school year, according to transportation director Steven Umber. Discounts for families with multiple students and reduced-price or free busing for students who cannot afford to pay would also be included in the plan.
April 17, 1997 | JENNIFER LEUER
Complaints by Esperanza High School teachers who say they have developed health problems from working in one of the school's buildings have prompted a Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District investigation. Teachers began complaining in September 1996 of nose and throat irritation, asthma and increased cases of colds, Assistant Supt. Kim Stallings said Wednesday. District officials said no students or parents have complained. A preliminary report by Machado Environmental Corp.
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