Letter: Mudge Calls For Restoration of Original School Bus Service

School Committee member calls for emergency meeting to address bus issue.

In accordance with School Committee Policy “BE,” I am polling each member of the committee for the purpose of convening an emergency and/or a special meeting of the committee on Wednesday (Sept. 5), Thursday (Sept, 6), or Friday (Sept. 7) of this coming week to discuss and vote on the following items:

1)    Restoring bus transportation services (safety issue) to the children of  Yorktown Manner who attend , and to 

2)    Restore . 

I believe a serious safety issue has been created by discontinuing transportation services to the children of Yorktown Manor and we have adversely impacted our children’s ability to take full advantage of the many educational opportunities that are provided by our School Department.

Respectfully, I request you to provide your response, ASAP, to School Committee Secretary Laureen Berglund (with a copy to me), or by no later than 7 p.m. on Monday evening.  Please note that this is not a request to determine if you can attend this meeting, but rather to get your approval to hold /conduct this meeting.  Absent your response by Monday evening, I will request Mrs. Berglund to contact you by phone on Tuesday morning, provided we have not received a quorum vote to hold a meeting. Should a positive quorum vote be obtained, each member will be immediately contacted as to the time and place of the meeting.

Finally, please recognize I am calling for this emergency and/or open special meeting in accordance with provisions of RIGL 42-46 (OMA).

Thank You, 

Bill Mudge

Trish September 04, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Mudge, there is open house at some of the elementary schools on Weds...not a great night to rally parents...btw...
Steve Decollibus September 04, 2012 at 11:24 PM
You are a lost and mixed up soul. I Pity you, you should b banned from thissite for your total lack of humanity.
Crystal Ball September 05, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I lQQk into my ball and what do I see? Jim McGwin (412) trying to get Bill to continue to waste taxpayers money and find issues that don't exist.
We R NK September 05, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I believe the school committee also has a lapse of memory, as of last school year at least two sex offenders lived on Post Road, oops........
E September 05, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Exactly why a RIDE advocate may be beneficial in helping Yorktown Manor parents when/if they meet with administration.
Dark star September 05, 2012 at 01:18 AM
@We are NK it is so easy to check, so why do you insist on spreading old, irrelevant info. See this link: http://www.paroleboard.ri.gov/sexoffender/olist/search.php only 2 sex offenders in NK with one on post road. 7255 Post road, south of route 403.
Trish September 05, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I fail to understand how this is NOT an issue. You know what? Why don't YOU walk to school in the snow a mile and 1/2. AND that particular sex offender is often walking NORTH of 403 up and down Route 1. Erin, you are right! What are the guidelines for making a neighborhood a walker neighborhood? Is there a set distance from the schools to determine the walker status? I think they should make the kids in Wickford walk to school from a mile and 1/2 away. Davisville needs more representation in town politics.
NKGOP Watch September 05, 2012 at 02:47 AM
To those who criticize my free speech, if the idiots promoting a Roth plaque on public property had not raised the issue, then we would not b e talking about it. I am not who NK Parent (Jim McGwin) says I am. Roth may have been a "good family man" and I am sure his survivors have been hurt by losing him. But the memorial on public property IS a current issue and worthy of HONEST discussion about the merit of memorializing someone with a track record. My position is he doesnt deserve a public memorial. There are many others who do. As to his life outside of politics, he has several memorials, they are a wife, two children and a headstone just like the rest of us will have. No one has dishonored Roths personal life and no one will. His PUBLIC life is as I said a current topic due to the discussion regarding a memorial on PUBLIC property in my town yes I live in NK as well. Death is a reality for us all, usually sooner than we want. I am not the least bit sorry for challenging the memorial on PUBLIC property on the basis of a track record that is better left buried. That's why they call this a debate. Hopefully this should grow some of you people up! ;)
NKGOP Watch September 05, 2012 at 03:11 AM
No one disrespected Roth personally. Its about public service, character, and contribution. I didnt start the plaque debate but if we are going to erect plaques lets start with people who successfully helped NK, it was MUDGE who started questioning things when Halley had just started his evil. We owe Bill a lot. Mudge also spent decades volunteering and contributing to NK even if he is a pain in the neck at times now.
NKGOP Watch September 05, 2012 at 03:12 AM
I would not want my child walking 1.5 miles to school. And I will now use Google Earth to map out my own childhood route...
NKGOP Watch September 05, 2012 at 03:19 AM
OK in elementary I walked .6 mi that was my longest walk of all grades and schools. Everybody do the same in Google Earth use the ruler/path choice at the top, and be HONEST post your longest childhood walk!
Dark star September 05, 2012 at 03:20 AM
@Trish, what is keeping this sex offender from walking the street directly in front of ANY of our schools? You think he is limited to walk post road? You don't like the current policy that dictates the walking distance to any of our schools, so show up at a meeting and work to get it changed. Kids walk to our other elementary, middle and high school each and every day for many many years. Why the outrage now?
Dark star September 05, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Free speech is one thing. To do what you do and hide behind free speech is sad. If the Roth memorial is such a problem for you, go to a meeting or two, wait for the public comments and spout your hate in public for all to see. If you do not do that, then the word to describe you would be "fraud".
NKGOP Watch September 05, 2012 at 04:26 AM
antics, "hide behind free speech" is insane. doesnt even compute. there is no hate. in fact I actually found Roth to be one of the few not-evil ones during that time. He was destructive to be sure with his "antics", but not evil at all. so why dont you take a look in the mirror before spouting YOUR hatred and crazed assertions. oh and I HAVE been at numerous meetings, were YOU?
Trish September 05, 2012 at 04:51 AM
I grew up in the house I live in. I went to these schools. I NEVER had to (and neither do my children have to) walk the distance these children are being required to walk. My outrage, now, is that my friend's daughter is being put at risk because this town cannot manage their way out of a paper bag. Who makes kids walk that far? Elementary students DO NOT walk that far. Kids in Wickford do not walk that far. Juniper Hill is much closer to Wickford Middle School than the Yorktown neighborhood is to Davisville Middle. Juniper Hill has a bus stop. Intrepid Drive...same thing. Yorktown residents are renters. They are lower income, but not sheltered by the gov't. an the infrastructure/advocacy groups that would be afforded to them. Why not make an affluent neighborhood's kids walk to school a mile OR more? The other side effect of having cut the buses is that now my kids have to fight to get a seat on their bus. It is now, full to capacity...3 to a seat... I'm not for 1/2 full buses, but a jam packed bus full of middle school kids can lead to nothing but trouble. Antics, you cannot possibly consider walking along Post Road a safe journey for an 11-14 yr. old?? Open your eyes this winter and see how the sidewalks are not shoveled. LOOK and see the bus stops and how people have to put themselves at risk, as well as the drivers of cars, by either standing in the roadway or clamoring up on a giant ice mound. Post Road is not managed well and it is not a safe route for a child.
Trish September 05, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Out of curiosity, I checked to see how far a Wickford Middle School kid would have to walk to match how far the Yorktown kids are walking. They would have to walk from West Allenton Rd. to Wickford Middle School to match the "via School Street" route. Yeah...I can just see that happening. Someone needs to fix this. If it is Mudge...more power to him. I don't care about any of the politics people like to play in on this forum and or at School Committee meetings. Wrong is wrong. Fix it.
NKGOP Watch September 05, 2012 at 05:21 AM
"Wrong is wrong. Fix it." exactly!
Mike September 05, 2012 at 02:42 PM
It seems like all Mr. Mudge does is try to thwart any effort to reduce expenses. He's opposed to the outsourcing of the custodians. He's opposed to the reduction of school buses. And it seems like he spends the majority of his time in meetings dragging up garbage from the past, or talking about imaginary funds that aren't there. If his objective is to be obstructive he's doing a good job of that. With a board member like that, it's hard to understand how anything gets accomplished.
NKGOP Watch September 05, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Things move along well because we have five solid members of the committee who hold the majority and usually move through agenda like professionals.
Midlife Momma September 05, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Excellent point, Trish....no one would ask a kid to walk from Hamilton-allenton to WMS....Kids on Annaquatucket/Prospect/Lantern Lane have to walk to WMS, but they can do that off of busy route 1. There is nothing wrong with kids having to walk-safely-to school. With tight budgets things are cut. In order to restore bus transportation in this situation, students may have to spend a little extra time on the bus-if a bus cant be afforded back into the budget. I would rather my child spend an extra 10 minutes on the bus than walk over a mile on an unsafe road. EVERYONE needs to give a little.......and there you have the problem! sadly.....
E September 05, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Bill Mudge - what is the current status of this meeting? Date? time? place? public?
E September 05, 2012 at 04:06 PM
NKGOP Watch - " that nut blow - in Roth" ........as you stated, was quite disrespectful, at a personal level. Don't know how someone could infer otherwise! I grew up with Roth's wife and she is as sweet as can be. If you want to blow steam off about the plaque, that's one thing, but don't trash his memory for all that loved him. Not only is it foul and unnecessary, it's just plain BAD.
NKGOP Watch September 05, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Erin you dont seem to know how the process works. Let me explain it again, under school committee policy "BE", Mudge is ATTEMPTING to call a meeting. Lety me clue you in, the rest will probably not comply. Why dont you pick up the phone and speak to our superintendent directly, after that, Kim Page or Dick Welch and ask if anything can be done to change this. (I support looking to see if these walks can be made shorter without adding busses).
NKGOP Watch September 05, 2012 at 04:21 PM
As to your childish "you disgust me" remark, as a teacher you should abandon liberal simplistic thinking and look at what free speech and the free exchange of ideas is all about. You should also improve your reading comprehension skills and try to understand the meat of a public policy critique. If you are able. Libs like to label every position they disagree with as "hate" (that word will change over time, but it's the same child-mind trap that can lead to really bad outcomes when adopted by anyone with any real power). Be open, understand the message, and know the intrinsic value of expression of ideas from all angles even ones that you may not understand. By the way were you even here while Roth was on the school committee? Did you observe his antics? Did you note any significant accomplishments? Did you note his first deeply flawed budget - passed with zero public comment allowed by him (after he ran on 'openness' and his self-proclaimed 'budget expertise') , and one which had to be extensively reworked? Did you see April Brunelle in fear and uncomfortable as he bellowed? - Our public property is for real contributions and contributors. Not this crap. That is NOT personal, a public policy critique and position which we here are entitled to express without the judgement, vitriol and hate coming from you.
E September 05, 2012 at 04:31 PM
NKGOP Watch - I asked MUDGE, not you and your self - important attitude. An apology is in order to the Roth family if you wish to restore any amount of my respect.
Trish September 05, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Bust 13 picks up in the Annaquatucket/ Lantern Lane area. This is a serious oversight and should not be dragged into the politics of this town. It is raining today. That is a long mile and 1/2 in the rain.
NKGOP Watch September 05, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Erin I will apologize for nothing. My position is that as tragic as any early death is, Roth did not contribute to the betterment of NK schools. I have stated that while he 'cared', was not evil, and a good family person. Like a lot of other people. They dont have plaques on NK public grounds, and neither should Roth.
Dark star September 05, 2012 at 05:24 PM
@NKGOP Watch, you talk out of both sides of your mouth. You have stated you feel he "was not evil" yet you call him a liar, a nut, insane and the worst thing to happen to NK. You defend your hate-filled tirade as free speech, yet you criticize the late Mr. Roth for exercising his "free speech" when he called your pal Avanzato "dangerous and reckless". You feel it is fine for you to severely criticize, but if someone else does it to a "friend" of yours, they are wrong. You use these highly critical and inflammatory words and decry them as fact.
E September 05, 2012 at 09:58 PM
NKGOP Watch - live in the NOW - no one cares how far YOU walked to school, that's why no one indulged you in this frivilous Google Earth activity.
NKGOP Watch September 06, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Avanzato generally kept controlled, worked well with others and did what she promised when she got in office. Roth campaigned against Halley to get elected, but even after Halley literally attempted to abuse Avanzato's son who was sick to get at her, Roth wrote Halley a recommendation letter. Do you REALLY think there is any comparison between the two? No memorial on public property. These people should start a Roth scholarship fund instead. In Kansas in fact.


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