I have an opinion about the recent article you published concerning the bussing situation. This is just my opinion and I’m entitled to it. Let me preface my letter by stating that I am a parent and activist in the city.
Recently, the school district decided to take away courtesy bussing to Passaic County Technical Institute. That move caused roughly 500 students to now be left without proper transportation to the technical high school. As of now, many parents are protesting this move.
What should be understood is that PCTI would not be PCTI without the talented students of Paterson. I have an idea. How about we make an effort to bring the children home and to create a technical vocational high school in the City of Paterson?
Our children possess the innate tools, skills and knowledge to be successful right here at home. Maybe we should take this as a sign that a chapter is over and the new chapter begins. Paterson students should be able to go to school in Paterson.
I urge the parents to stand up, speak out and change the course of history with moving to bring our children home. I believe that would plug an enormous hole in the local school budget as well which would provide more services for students here in Paterson.
Let’s get back to rebuilding our city.
Activist, former school board member
[Editor’s note: Passaic County Technical Institute started in Paterson as the Paterson Vocational School in 1917. Mayor Frank Graves turned over the Paterson Tech to the Board of Passaic County Freeholders in 1964. The school’s need to accommodate more and more students forced it to relocate to Wayne.]