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Molly Lutz, a middle-school PTO president, said that winning the community’s trust was an “emerging issue.” She cited the district’s decision to lengthen bus service boundaries as being one example of not listening to residents.
Also finding fault with bus service changes was Sharon Van Leer, a multicultural affairs specialist who with her husband has raised six children and 30 foster children.
“Our babies do not need to walk two miles,” she said.
In South Washington County, high school students living within two miles of school must find their own way there. For middle school students, bus service begins within 1.5 miles of school. Van Leer also took issue with the district’s new assigned seating policy for bus riders.
Other candidates seeking four-year seats who did not attend Tuesday’s forum are Safiyyah Cummings, Leilani Holmstadt, Wayne Johnson and Mike Thissen.
The South Washington County Telecommunications Commission aired the two-part forum live and plans to replay it twice daily on cable channel 18, the League of Women Voters said.
Anthony Lonetree • 651-925-5036