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School Board Postpones Pflugerville Community's Push For Bus Routes
Pflugerville school board members postponed one community's push for school bus routes at a board hearing Thursday night.
Residents at Dessau Estates in Pflugerville said there is no safe way for their children to get to Ruth Barron Elementary. Around 250 students from the mobile home community attend the elementary school, and currently their only way to get to school is to walk around the mile and half fence dividing the community and school.
Board of Trustees President Elva Gladney said the board will look into eminent domain issues.
"The busing is a problematic option," Gladney said. "The streets are real narrow and the residents park on the street, so if anybody is coming opposite there really is not enough room."
Michelle Alcala is an attorney hired by Dessau Fountain Estates after parents protested its decision not to build a gate and pathway from the back of the mobile home community to the elementary school.
"We think the children that reside at Dessau Fountain Estates are entitled to the bus service," Alcala said. "There is travel required along a major traffic artery. The distance is actually more than two miles."
Under the district's policy a route over two miles is required to provide bus services. The Pflugerville district says from the entrance of the mobile home community to the school is less. They say they've also evaluated the walk for safety hazards twice.
The board will reevaluate the issue and information presented at the next school board meeting scheduled for February 21.
By Cassie Gallo