A home owner’s association in Alpharetta asked Fulton County Schools to move a bus stop. The school system obliged, but now some parents who live in the neighborhood off Windward Parkway are upset.
Before, the bus could drive right into the Windward Pointe subdivision, but now the bus stop is on Windward Parkway, about a half mile away and outside of the housing development.
Several parents believe the new location for the bus stop puts their kids in danger and spoke to Channel 2 Action News about the move.
“I don’t understand why it’s such a big deal for a bus to come in here twice a day,” Jessica Musgrove, a Windward Pointe resident and parent of three, told Channel 2. “That (is a) hazard with (school bus riders) having to go that far and with it being that many cars and little children.”
Susan Hale, a spokeswoman for Fulton County schools told Channel 2 that the roads in the subdivision are private and the HOA reserved the right to request a new stop.
According to the television station, the HOA was concerned about the effect a school bus could have on the road’s “wear and tear.” The president of that HOA told Channel 2 that heavy commercial vehicles — like school buses — have done $325,000 worth of damage to roads in the subdivision.
Musgrove noted that trash trucks, as well as Fed Ex and UPS trucks, come through the subdivision regularly.
“It really puts children at risk,” Jeffrey Prater, who walks his niece to the bus stop, told Channel 2. “Especially when I see garbage trucks and other large trucks coming through here. … I don’t think it’s the right thing to do.”
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