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Quaker Valley relocates bus stops over safety concerns

| Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, 2:12 a.m.

Responding to parent and bus driver complaints, Quaker Valley administrators adjusted more than 20 bus stops across the district from last school year to the current year, administrators said.

Stops were moved away from problem intersections, such as Church Way and Nevin Avenue. Instead, the stop was moved to 903 Centennial Ave. in Sewickley.

In one instance, a danger existed when buses stopped just short of an intersection to pick up or discharge passengers, said John Sheline, director of finance and operations for Quaker Valley.

“Cars are not to turn right or left at the intersection,” he said.

The problem was remedied by moving the bus stop away from the intersection.

“Most changes were welcomed by the parents,” Sheline said.

About 1,800 students are transported on 37 main routes, eight mid-day and eight kindergarten routes. The school district also is responsible for transporting students to private and parochial schools that are within a 10-mile radius, Sheline said.

Bus stops were changed to maintain the safety of the students, he said. Some parents had expressed their concerns to the board last spring. Sheline learned about problem stops through Monark Student Transportation bus drivers, he said.

Assistant principal positions filled

Joining the administration are Lauren McGuirk, assistant principal for Quaker Valley Middle School, at a starting salary of $77,500; and Abigail Bator, assistant principal at the high school, at a starting salary of $78,500.

McGuirk moved from being a special education teacher at Edgeworth Elementary School.

“I am excited to utilize my skills in a leadership role,” McGuirk said. “It is an honor to work in a school district where the students, teachers and community value the importance of education and foster learning and growth.”

Bator comes to her new position from the Mars Area School District, where she has taught social studies for the past seven years.

“My experience has been incredible thus far, and I am looking forward to a successful school year,” Bator said.

Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803.

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