School buses make first rounds in East Aurora: ‘This is a milestone for the district’

History was made Monday as East Aurora School District began regular daily school bus service for the first time.

Students, accompanied by parents, overall were excited to see bus transportation finally was made available to families on the city’s East Side.

“This is a milestone for the district,” parent Ivonna Rodriguez said.

The East Aurora School Board in April approved traditional bus transportation for roughly 3,000 students who live more than 1.5 miles from school.

Rodriguez waited to ensure her eldest child safely boarded the bus for Cowherd Middle School. She said the district has needed bus transportation. All last year she drove her son to middle school.

“It’s good for the kids. Our neighborhood is a long ways from Cowherd, but I have seen kids walk to school in all kinds of weather,” she said.

Rodriguez said she knows what it’s like to have to walk to school.

“I went to school in Mexico. We had to walk everywhere,” she said.

She said having the school buses will help kids do better academically.

“The kids will be more rested when they arrive to school and they will have time to have breakfast at school,” she said. “It’s good for parents who do not drive or have to be at work early. For me, I have two others in third and fifth grades to get to school.”

Rodriguez’s son, Abdiel Parra, 12, was starting in the seventh grade. The youngster said he was excited about getting to ride to school on a bus and seeing friends he hasn’t seen all summer.

“I have never been on a bus. I don’t know what it will be like,” he said. “It’ll get me to school earlier. I woke up around 6 o’clock this morning.”

Parents said the buses will help with the logistics of having to get multiple children to school on time.

Allen Elementary Assistant Principal Kelly Marotz checked for bus assignments, knowing two buses would be rolling up in front of the school. When the first one was full, parents were told a second bus would be on its way. At one point, parents dropping off children were told to move their cars from out of the front drive of the building.

“We are helping out,” Marotz said. “We knew there would be traffic and that we would have to problem-solve.”

Maria Martinez and her daughter, Guadalupe, were waiting at the northwest corner of Farnsworth and Seventh avenues. A friend waved them over to the front of the school.

“It’s easier to have the bus. I have a child in Allen Elementary and a baby at home,”…

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