Petition for a Second Jackson Bus to MATES
On the long 45 minute ride from the Jackson Center of Ocean County Vocational Technical Schools to the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES), there are 52 Jackson students that ride the school bus. The bus seats 54. 20 of them are new freshmen, making up 1/3 of the freshman class of 60. Although it is not overfilled, the school bus is still very crowded. Since there is crowding taking up space, some students have to put their bookbags and belongings in the aisle and in the side emergency exit. This creates a safety hazard. It is common to pack a bus full of students, however it cannot be safe to do so for a bus route that uses the Garden State Parkway each day.