Brick busing 240 students displaced from Sandy

Brick is busing 240 students displaced from Hurricane Sandy to school from neighboring towns daily to bring "normalcy" back to their lives.

Hurricane Sandy created a lot of turmoil since the end of October with wrecked homes, but Brick has been trying to help 240 children displaced by the storm by transporting them back to their schools, Superintendent Walter Uszenski said on Friday.

"The Board (of Education) and I thought it was extremely important to get some normalcy back to these children's lives," Uszenski said. "We were pretty much in unanimous agreement. It was too important to the kids.

"This is where their friends are. This is where they are educated. This is where they play sports," Uszenski said.

The school has been transporting them at a "minimal" cost, since the school district owns its buses and has only fuel and time to cover, Uszenski said.  This is where friends are friends displaced within reason.

Uszenski, who praised how the staff, students and parent-teacher organizations have responded to Hurricane Sandy, said the district has been keeping very strict documentation about transporting students, since costs may be recovered from the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

The transportation has been limited to neighboring towns, he said. "We can't go to Bayonne, because school would be done by the time we got them here," Uszenski said.

J.JONES December 08, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Good news Dr.Urz...These kids need to stay with there friends..
concernedmomof2 December 09, 2012 at 05:15 AM
hats off to Dr. U and transportation
jak426 December 11, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Can't say enough about Brick Twp BOE for their efforts to support us through this situation. As a parent with 2 children in the school system and someone directly effected by Sandy, I have to say they have been absolutely wonderful! A million times 'Thank You!'
WMS826 December 11, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Thank you Brick bus drivers. It is comforting to have the same one everyday through out the year. By making them town employees we hold onto them long term and get quality personell.
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