|Joe Aranda, UISD Transporation Director will let kids walk in Laredo's heat!|
Today's Laredo Morning Times had at least two articles on United ISD. In one, the curriculum and instruction department defended it's highly-paid, top heavy administrative staff. In the other, UISD transportation announced certain kids will have to walk up to two miles to and from school. Since school starts in just a few days, it is very likely that the temperature when school lets out will be in the range of 105 degrees, as it has been.
You can bet none of the kids affected are related to any of the overpaid UISD administrators. Here's the story as it appeared in today's LMT.
It looks like the executive director of transportation is some guy named Joe Aranda. His number is 473-6347. One of the transportation coordinators is city councilman Esteban Rangel. His number: 473-6424.Students who reside in the Royal Oaks, Fiesta, Larga Vista and Coronado subdivisions will no longer be eligible for school bus transportation services beginning the first day of school, Aug. 22. This is because of a new access gate that is accessible on the east side of two schools.
A new access-gate with a designated walkway entrance is now open behind Gonzalez Middle and Zaffirini Elementary schools. Students who live within a two-mile radius walking distance from their schools are not eligible for school bus services.
Students living in these subdivisions will now be only minutes away from their schools.Students with special needs will continue with transportation services.
For questions related to this transportation issue contact the United I.S.D. Transportation Department at 473-5230.