Traffic issues in Worcester have come to the forefront recently and now the city’s School Committee will take a swing at trying to alleviate some commuter frustrations at Thursday night’s School Committee meeting.
School Committee member Dianna Biancheria has filed an order asking the school administration to provide a report on the process of determining new bus routes to include a review of established ones.
“There are now more students, more buses and just more traffic” Biancheria said. “Routes that were good 20 years ago, might not work now.”
Added to the order is a piece to include procedures for bus pickup and dropoff of students at school sites.
“It may not seem like a lot, but for 15-20 minutes in the morning and then again in the afternoon, we have congestion,” Biancheria said.
School Committee member Molly McCullough agrees that a more consistent review of transportation policy is very beneficial.
“Ensuring that current bus routes, pick up and drop off policies and placement of bus stops are the most efficient and safest for our students is an important action for us to take,” McCullough said.
Asked when was the last time the School Committee took up such an item Biancheria said, “it’s not a discussion we’ve had since I have been on the School Committee.”
Biancheria believes this will be an all out effort to correct the bus routes and it will need to include not just the school administration, but individual schools, parents, and the community as a whole, eventually bringing in the Department of Public Works.
“We need to look at the whole picture and review it, ” Biancheria said.
School Committee member John Monfredo is requesting an update from Superintendent Maureen Binienda on its plans for teaching CPR/AED and Heimlich training in Worcester Public Schools Physical Education Classes.
Monfredo, who initiated the cause to bring CPR training to the schools, also raised money to purchase mannequins to aid in the instruction.
He is asking that the program continues for the second straight year and that all students in grades 7 to 12 receive six years of training.
“My goal is to make Worcester a ‘Heart Safe City’,” Monfredo said
Thursday night’s meeting will start at 7:00 PM and will be held in the Esther Howland Chamber in Worcester’s City Hall.