New Mechanicville transportation policy affects some students

Karen Tararache
Updated: November 07, 2019 11:07 AM
Created: November 06, 2019 11:51 PM

MECHANICVILLE - The school board voted in September to no longer transport students outside the Mechanicville City School District's boundaries, unless they have a disability.

Legally, it is the school's right to do this, but the change has affected parents very upset.


They say their input was never sought out by the board. They also can't understand why, if they pay school taxes, their kids are being pushed aside to save money.

Superintendent Bruce Potter called a meeting with the parents to hear their concerns.

He said the recommendation was made by the  Policy Committee as a way to apply the $126,000 it currently costs the district to shuttle the 26 students, to other programs. However, the district receives 77% in state reimbursement and actually spends under $30,000 out-of-pocket, on that transport.

"I can't go back in time now, but please accept that at no time there was no malicious intent to do anything in the dark of night or behind closed doors or to take anything away from you that had previously been enjoyed," Superintendent Potter said.

"If this is allowed to stand, this would be precedent setting in the state by way of the commissioners decision which would allow this to occur throughout the state and who knows maybe across the country and it's heartbreaking and frustrating," Dave Treacy said.

Superintendent Potter said he would relay all the parents concerns to the school board. The Policy Committee meets in the first week of December. They can recommend changing the policy or uphold it at that time.

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