Private Schools Withdraw Request For Bus Service

Chapelgate, Glenelgcountry Cite Deadline

August 11, 1991|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff writer

Two private county schools, Glenelg Country School and Chapelgate Christian Academy, have withdrawn their requests for public school bus transportation for the coming school year.

The schools early this year asked to be added to the list of five private schools receiving help with bus transportation from the public school system.

But both schools have withdrawn their applications for this school year, said Robert S. Lazarewicz, director of operations with the county schools.

Chapelgate, a new secondary school opening this fall, simply couldn't get the required information to public school officials in time to create a busing district, said Headmaster James DiVirgilio.

"We didn't think it would be fair to Bob Lazarewicz and thestaff, all the work they'd have to do, since we didn't know who our students would be and where they would come from at the time (the staff) needed the data," DiVirgilio said.

He said Chapelgate's governing board will decide whether to submit another request for 1992-1993. Parents will provide transportation this year for the approximately80 students expected to enroll in the new school.

Chapelgate, which shares a building with Chapelgate Presbyterian Church at Route 40 and Marriottsville Road, will offer a curriculum that includes daily Bible classes to students in grades 6 through 9.

DiVirgilio said plans call for adding one grade each year until the school offers classes in grades 6 through 12.

It is unclear why Glenelg Country School, a private non-sectarian day school on Folly Quarter Road, withdrew its request for public school bus service.

Lazarewicz referred the question to Glenelg Country officials. Glenelg Country business manager John Varner said he understood that the school had submitted its application too late, but added that he is new to the school and does not have full information. Headmaster Ryland O. Chapman III could not be reached for comment.

About one-third of Glenelg Country School's approximately 340 students currently pay a yearly fee of $1,025for bus service provided by the school, which operates a fleet of six small buses and four vans.

Financing for bus service to private schools was reduced as part of sharp slashes in the county school system's 1991-1992 budget.

The school board decided that for 1991-1992, the per-pupil cost of transporting private school students could be no higher than that for public school students. Because private schools generally enroll fewer students and because those students are often more widely scattered, per-pupil busing costs typically are higher.

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