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Busing denied for pupils who must walk path


The Howard County school board denied last week a request to provide bus transportation for two Phelps Luck Elementary School students whose parents were concerned that the walking path between their house and the school was unsafe.

Scott Jacoby was concerned about his second- and third-grade children walking along a bicycle path between his home in the 8900 block of Blue Pool and the school. The children also must cross Phelps Luck Drive at an intersection with four stop signs.

School officials denied the request for bus transportation, saying the route was safe. School system policy requires elementary students living within a mile of school to walk, and Mr. Jacoby's house is at the edge of the one-mile radius.

The board upheld the officials' decision on a 4-0 vote, with one member absent. Board members also said they would advise the Columbia Association to put up signs on the path pointing to Phelps Luck.

"I found [the path] to be well-maintained, open and clear, with houses immediately adjacent almost along the entire path," said board member Stephen Bounds. Mr. Bounds said he walked along the path Tuesday afternoon, two days before the board's meeting.

Police Log

Owen Brown:Owen Brown: 6500 block of Quiet Hours: A burglar kicked open a home's front door and took a television set Thursday, police said.

Owen Brown:Owen Brown: 7100 block of Cradlerock Way: A man snatched an elderly woman's purse outside the Owen Brown Village Center Thursday, police said.

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