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BOE Listens to 10-Year-Old's Plea For a Ride to School

Schools will pilot a program to bus Montville students to area magnet schools including ones in Groton and Waterford.

 

Ten-year-old Jayden Muniz stood in front of the Montville Public Schools Board of Education Tuesday night and while he spoke softly, his message was heard loud and clear.

Muniz will be attending the Dual Language & Arts Magnet Middle School in Waterford. But he’s got a problem. He needs a ride.

“Please give me transportation to the school,” he asked, politely, if hesitantly. The school describes itself as building a "student body that is bilingual, bi-literate, and multicultural." 

“They have you learn a lot of things, like science, about insects.” And bi-lingually, to boot. “You can learn languages like Spanish and (about) other cultures," he explained.  

The board listened.

“Can we do it,” Schools Superintendent Pamela Aubin asked rhetorically. “I’m looking for direction from the board.”

Member Robert R. Mitchell Jr. was quick to provide that direction.

“I’d like to try and make it work but at no additional cost,” he sad.

BOE chair David C. Rowley agreed.

“I too would like to be as accommodating as possible within the resources we have available. Yes, I’d like to see it work.”

And it was decided. Students from the district that will be attending the Marine Science Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut at Avery Point in Groton and those that will be attending the Dual Language & Arts Magnet Middle School will be bused, albeit as a pilot program for now. 

Edward Jones August 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Well gee they just blew 300,000 bucks and don't want to tell us how they spent it...why wasn't this covered?!
Snarfblack August 22, 2012 at 02:10 PM
What a brave young man! I know it must have been very scary to be in front of all those grown ups! Keep it up Jayden...
Ellyn Santiago (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Jayden was amazing. There were other stories to come out of the BOE meeting, which I will be posting, but this young man stepped up and made his case, and he was brave! He was awesome. So that's why Montville Patch featured his story today. (This appearance shows he's already working toward completing his HS civics requirement!) Way to go, Jayden!
Erna L. August 22, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I'm pleased that the BOE didn't shut down this young man's plea. That the members saw the value of meeting this student's desire to better himself is heartening in this time of dehumanizing political rhetoric. Clearly this step is what is needed to begin the process of encouraging children to "reach for the stars" in their quest to perform to the best of their abilities. That is what made us great... when we were great. Perhaps there is hope after all for the future of our country in the educatonal battle that will put us closer to the international standards that will affect our ability to stay competitive in the world. Kudos to the BOE for listening and hearing.
Edward Jones August 22, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Ok I do have to speak up, this sort of love fest stuff is wonderful and all but kids have been reaching for the stars for centuries. What they need is the ability to take advantage of a good school choice like Jayden has been given, but the majority of kids don't get this chance because of the same folks approving his chance, the BOE's and the Teachers Unions oppose most school choice. Jayden's story points out the need for school choice for all and not just a few. How about we all get together overcome the teacher's unions and make Jayden's story the story of all of our kids.
lee August 22, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Ok, I'm happy for Jayden, it was brave of him to stand up & ask for a ride to school...Now, how about the Board of Ed. finding a way for all the other children in Montville to be able to get a ride to school without their parents having to drive them to the bus stop. Some stops are out in the middle of nowhere. Not really safe for children to be walking a mile or more to the stop, so their parents drive them..

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