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Vineland parents express bus stop safety concerns to Board of Ed.

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VINELAND -

It's been one week since the Vineland teen was killed while crossing the street on the way to her school bus stop.

Wednesday night, concerned parents were asking the Vineland School Board to make school bus stops safer. While the issue of bus safety was not on the agenda Wednesday night, that did not keep several parents from giving tearful pleas to the board of education. Board members say the issues of sidewalks and lighting fall under the responsibility of the city and county.

Some board members even fought back tears as they spoke about the issue of transportation. Board assistant President Susanne Morello says it will take the united effort of the community to correct the issue. She stated, "get it together as a grass roots kind of thing. it is the responsibility of the municipality and the county. The school board plays a part but also the community at large coming forward."

The parent of Alexa's best friend, Julie Howerton, spoke at the meeting and blamed school budget cuts for consolidating bus stops around the city. She says an online petition has received over two thousand signatures since Saturday and vowed to make sure Alexa did not die in vein. Julie Howerton stated, "My child's best friend, to lose her life,I'm not going to let it be done in vain. I'm not going to have another child or another family have to go through a tragedy like this."

School officials plan to meet with police, city, and county officials later this month to further discuss the issue.


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