UPDATED: Bus Problem On Seventh Grade Field Trip

One coach bus got a flat tire as Clarkstown students were returning home.


Clarkstown School District Superintendent Meg Keller-Cogan said the one of the contracted coach buses got a flat tire during a field trip on Monday. The coach buses were returning with Felix Festa Middle School seventh graders from the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City when the incident occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Keller-Cogan said no one was hurt and the bus was able to pull safely over to the shoulder. The replacement coach bus was expected to reach the students by 3:50 p.m. and return to the school by 5 p.m. All the students on the disabled coach bus called their parents to advise them of the delay and Keller-Cogan notified board of education members by email.

Numerous teachers and the school principal stayed with the students on the disabled bus. Students were able to call their parents again when the bus was approaching the school 

Keller-Cogan said parents were asked to pick up their children at the middle school if possible. The school district did provide late buses for students needing a ride home.

(Article has been corrected to reflect the bus got a flat tire which may have lost some rubber but did not lose a wheel.) 

Jonathan Swift May 15, 2012 at 04:17 PM
If anyone recalls at the one candidate forum Wendy Adolff brought up the issue of our bus fleet being in serious need of attention. This wasn't a flat tire: this tire FELL OFF THE BUS! Wendy was then accused of wanting new buses over teachers. Please! She identified a serious issue and yesterday's accident confirms it! Wendy, we NEED YOU!!!
Loves NC May 15, 2012 at 04:33 PM
PARENTS, Policeman, Fireman, CSEA, Teachers, Masons, Plumbers, Electricans and residents of Clarkstown, Support this budget and the teachers union by saying yes to the budget and to Phil, MIke, Leo. They have finance, administrive and most importantly EXPERIENCE
Clarkstown Dad May 15, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I remember that and then some woman tried to say Mrs. Adolff wanted to lay off teachers to get buses. She obviously wasn't listening since Mrs. Adolff said we should start addressing the aging fleet in lieu of adding "contingency positions".... ie new people/positions that were not in place. Let's call it an omen for Mrs Adolff. Let's hope we see more of her in the future and not the incumbents.
Loves NC May 15, 2012 at 04:39 PM
If you recall, the bus bond was passed last year. They are in the process of replacing the aged buses.
Clarkstown Dad May 15, 2012 at 04:43 PM
That's right, don't care about how much our taxes will go up or even where the money is going ... just blindly vote them in. One of whom is obviously bought and paid for by the Union, a second one has strong ties to it, and I mean strong. If you want the Union to continue to run our School District then we should do away with the School Board and just directly put the Union in charge ... why hid behind the curtain? Clarkstown Residents you need to decide!
Loves NC May 15, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Stay at home mom..
Jonathan Swift May 15, 2012 at 04:49 PM
LOL! NO ONE I talked to supports the Teacher's Union in this election! Not even my teacher friends! They cannot believe their union endorsed Phil! What a joke the Teacher's Union is! Go Wendy!!!
Loves NC May 15, 2012 at 04:52 PM
So your saying your a teacher basher now Lisa? Humm Go back to folding laundry.
Allison Jaynes May 15, 2012 at 04:57 PM
The reporting here was not complete and left out information which has now been added. This was not a school bus! It was a coach bus and so this has nothing to do with our aging fleet!
May 15h - D-Day May 15, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Wendy said it was time to use the reserves if busses needed repairs...Phil then said 1000 students are pulled out for reading, thats over 10%, Phil is funny!!!! It was all posted on Facebook....go to 1:20 on this link....Ms Hook...who are you working for?? http://vzaar.com/videos/979443
Robin Traum (Editor) May 15, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Lisa49 This was not a school district bus that lost a wheel. The article has been updated to reflect that information.
Jonathan Swift May 15, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Thank you for the clarification, Robin. Luckily, no one was seriously injured. I would still like to add, however, that Wendy Adolff was the ONLY candidate to voice her concern about our aging buses, roofs and infrastructure. Wendy IS the voice of this community and wants to be part of the solution to getting these issues resolved. Though opponents of hers twisted her words around and misled the community into thinking that "buses are more important than people", which by the way, was NOT her statement. Today is the communities chance to make a difference. We need Board Trustees like Wendy Adolff to right the wrongs that we have been up against for some time now. Get to the polls and vote Wendy Adolff, Mike Aglialoro and Chris Conti... Hey Loves NC, what kind of a comment is "go back to folding laundry"?
Loves NC May 15, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Vote UNION!!
Rhea Vogel May 15, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Vote for kids and community. Vote for fiscal responsibility Vote for Adolff, Aglialoro & Conti!!! These three are right for Clarkstown.
Phil Leiter May 15, 2012 at 06:24 PM
They were in the process, but they put it on hold. Later, rather than make the choice to get at least half of the replacements back on schedule, they used the funds to create the contingency teaching positions. The buses that were supposed to be replaced this year are now next year's problem.
Jonathan Swift May 15, 2012 at 06:26 PM
You are proving the point that so many people have said all along: the unions CONTROL the majority on this board of education. For those who didn't believe it all you need to do is read this: "Vote Union" Uh, what about the individual candidates? The union brotherhood trumps individuals in your warped world. Vote for individuals: Wendy Adolff Chris Conti Mike Aglialoro
Loves NC May 15, 2012 at 06:26 PM
PHil. They replaced at least 10 mini buses this year alone. I agree lets finsih the job,
Loves NC May 15, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Vote: Mike and Leo. Your leaders of the future!!
mike sullivan May 15, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Solidarity Brothers and sisters
Mike Hirsch May 15, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Mike, Greece has always been one of my favorite vacation getaways. You should check it out. They have so much solidarity over there that their homes are now worth pennies on the dollar
Joanie Taylor May 15, 2012 at 11:28 PM
What part does Phil have? I don't see anything there that applies to him.


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