"My work (schedule) really doesn't coincide," she said. She is looking for a friend who would bring the girls home from school. Meeting them at the bus stop isn't satisfactory because they would have to cross Montgomery Road, she said.
Lazarewicz said the bus runs will be reviewed at the end of September. "If there are (additional) changes we can make within the confines of the budget, we will make them," he said.
At Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Ilchester Road, principal Barbara A. Coakley said the cut from four to two bus trips has forced a few parents to withdraw their children from school.
The school lost two children last week because of bus stop distances, she reported. One will go to Elkridge Elementary School, one toEllicott Mills Middle.
At Resurrection-St. Paul, principal Lynn Leaf said she expects to lose some students because of parents' concerns about the safety of stops. "Many of our parents work, and it's going to be a real hardship, she said.
To help, Resurrection-St. Paulis starting an after-school program this fall called "Edu-Care." Theprogram will provide two hours of supervised care at the school, from 3:30 to 5:30.
Leaf said students will have a snack, spend one hour doing their homework and one hour of games or other activities.
Bethel Christian Academy in Savage will have its two bus trips cut to one. About 40 of the 200 students ride public shool buses.