Equal Busing for all Sparta Residents
Sparta Board of Education and Superintendent Tobin have decided that children of divorced parents are no longer allowed to have two bus stops.
Children whose parents share equal custody, and pay equal tax dollars are only allowed to have one bus stop, which is determined by the school.
They currently allow all students to have multiple bus stops according to their alternate bus stop form, by allowing students to take one bus to school and a different bus home thus creating two seats on a bus.
Superintendent Tobin has stated they are unable to provide this service for us because "it has become difficult for school districts to provide students with more than one seat and one bus route with the resources available to efficiently operate a district transportation department.” Superintendent Tobin currently earns over $160,000 a year which our tax dollars are paying,
The school district’s position is directly at odds with a Superior Court order awarding joint custody in that it does not allow us to enjoy the same rights to busing that every other resident does. Not only is this directly at odds with public policy, the state constitution, rules precluding arbitrary and capricious administrative agency action, but it is also inconsistent with the spirit of the divorce order allowing joint custody.