LAKEWOOD PREPARES FOR DRILL: Rabbi Weisberg on Behalf of Lakewood Community Busing Task Force: Despite Negotiations, Carpooling Drill to Continue as Planned
JUST IN: Despite negotiations in place addressing the busing crisis, the carpooling drill planned for tomorrow and Thursday will continue as planned, Rabbi Moshe Zev Weisberg on behalf of the Lakewood Community Busing Task Force tells TLS.
“We are pleased to report that the issue of safe school transportation for all children in Lakewood is being seriously addressed by the major stakeholders in a constructive and serious manner,” Rabbi Weisberg says.
Ongoing joint discussions between representatives of the Lakewood School District, the State Education Department, Lakewood Township municipal officials and the consortium of Yeshiva schools in Lakewood (Igud Hamosdos) have been – and continue to be held – in a cooperative partnership spirit.
“All parties involved have come to the table with an iron-clad commitment to the safety of the children of Lakewood,” says Rabbi Weisberg. “Each of the entities have offered fresh ideas and solid proposals to do their share in addressing what is a very unique and challenging set of circumstances. The efforts of Issac Zlatkin, Lakewood BOE President, are particularly appreciated for bringing this group together in search for real, practical and doable solutions.”
“While the discussions are promising, there is still no final resolution at this point. As a result the Igud HaMosdos will go ahead with their planned ‘no-busing’ drill.”
Adds, Rabbi Weisberg, “Similar to a fire drill, this is no cheap stunt. Rather it is a real life simulation of what may actually happen in September on a daily basis. While we regret the inconvenience it may cause to residents and those passing through the town, it is in our opinion, the best way to prepare for the very real possibility of almost 10,000 children (both public and non-public) taking to the streets or their family cars in September.”
“We further wish to emphasize that we believe that this drill will be a beneficial preview – not only for the affected school children and their parents – but also for the thousands of residents and commuters, who already crawl through congested and child-unsafe roadways like Route 9 and County Line Road.”
Rabbi Wesiberg says Municipal, County and emergency personal have all been informed and are taking the necessary precautions to assure the safety of all residents and commuters. [TLS]
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