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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-01-2021

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 1-7, 2021 IN OUR SCHOOLS 7 CUMBERLAND – The first year of heightened enforcement on long- standing school busing distances has led to frustration for some parents as they've watched children nearby get picked up for school while they themselves were left without the service. School Committee member Keri Smith brought up the issue last week, saying some parents are complaining to her that they previ- ously used the bus service and now don't, but in some cases have seen children right across the street get picked up. Supt. Bob Mitchell emphasized that this was not a situation of school officials changing busing dis- tances, or the distance from a school within which students are entitled to be picked up, but of enforcing exist- ing rules this year. The Breeze reported last August on the school board's vote to enforce the district's transportation policy to require more than 400 students who were living within walking distances of schools to walk instead of taking the bus. The move to enforce was spurred by the need to create social distancing on buses during the pan- demic. The committee last fall approved a change to the walking distance to schools or bus stops for kindergarten students from a quarter-mile to three quarters of a mile, in keeping with those for grades 1-5, but the distanc- es of 1.5 miles for middle school and two miles for high school remained the same. Mitchell told the committee last year that he was surprised to learn that hundreds of students at every level were being transported by bus company Durham School Services despite living within walking dis- tances. Mitchell said last week that the issue of busing distances is a conver- sation the school board can have, but it would involve changing the policy. If the policy states a certain mileage, he said, then the district has a responsibility to follow the policy, and a lot of work by school officials and police went into map- ping out the current eligibility dis- tances. Committee member Mark Fiorillo noted that it was not Durham's deci- sion to enforce and thus change the eligibility status for some students, but the district's. Over time, he said, School officials will rethink busing policies By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See BUSING, Page 19 Scott's Turf Builder® Weed & Feed Covers 15,000 sq.ft. 7430945 Limit 2 at this price. Reg. $62.99 2000 Mendon Road Cumberland, RI 02864 401-333-9855 www.depaultshardware.com Red Hot Buys Now through April 30th Hours: 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday - Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday 4 steps to A HeAltHieR lAwN! IN-STORE COUPON AVAILABLE FOR $10 ON 5,000 SQ. FT.* AND $25 IN-STORE COUPON AVAILABLE FOR 15,000 SQ. FT.* *On Future Purchases $84.99 with card $ 64 99 - $20 Covers 5,000 sq. ft. 7287154 Limit 2 at this price. Covers 15,000 sq. ft. 7287162 Limit 2 at this price. $214.99 with card $ 164 99 - $50 4 Step® Annual Program $69.99 with card - $20 $179.99 with card $ 134 99 - $45 Green Turf® 4 Step Annual Program Covers 5,000 sq. ft. 7158314 Limit 2 at this price. Covers 15,000 sq. ft. 7287279. Limit 2 at this price. Reg. $179.99 Miracle-Gro® Moisture Control Potting 2 Cu. Ft. 7301609 Limit 60 at this price. Reg. $16.99 with card $ 11 99 - $3 SALE $14.99 $ 49 99 with card $ 56 99 - $6 SALE $62.99 Seeding Program available, See Store for detailS. Congratulations to The Valley Breeze for 25 Years! We are proud to be one of the original advertisers from 1996. Scotts® Foundation Soil Improver • Covers 5,000 sq,ft, • Boosts water and nutrient retention • Reduces soil compaction • Supports microbial activity 7796030 Limit 2 at this price. Reg. $29.99 with card $ 24 99 - $5 SALE $29.99 Scotts® Turf Builder® Lawn Soil, 1 Cu. Ft. 7106198 Limit 60 at this price. Reg. $8.99 with card $ 4 99 - $1 SALE $5.99 Each Scotts® EZ Seed® 10 Lb. 7206436 Limit 2 at this price. Reg. $35.99 with card $ 21 99 - $7 SALE $28.99 Each Scotts® Nature Scapes® Color Enhanced Mulch, 2 Cu. Ft. 7394695, 7394703, 7394711 Limit 60 at this price. Reg. $5.99 with card $ 3 99 - $1 SALE $4.99 Each Scotts® Turf Builder® Grass Seed, 3 Lb. 7206295,7206279 Limit 2 at this price. Reg. $17.99 - $19.29 with card $ 12 99 - $3 SALE $15.99 Each Scott's Turf Builder Halt's Crabgrass Preventer with Lawn Food Covers 5,000 sq.ft. 7232325 Limit 2 at this price. Reg. $28.99 Covers 15,000 sq.ft. 7232390 $69.99 -$6 with Ace Rewards Card* You Pay $63.99 Limit 2 at this price. Reg. $69.99 with card $ 25 99 - $2 SALE $27.99

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