NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Some Alpharetta parents say a decision to move their children’s bus stop is putting their kids in danger.
Parents in the Windward Pointe subdivision off Windward Parkway told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik they learned before school started that the district had moved the stop from inside their subdivision to just outside of it at the request of the homeowners' association.
“That was a hazard with them having to go that far and with it being that many cars and little children,” said Jessica Musgrove, who needs a wheelchair to get around.
Musgrove said the walk from her home to the bus stop is now about a half-mile.
“I don’t understand why it’s such a big deal for a bus to come in here twice a day,” she said.
Fulton County Schools spokeswoman Susan Hale told Petchenik the streets in the subdivision are private and the HOA requested the change because of concerns about wear and tear on the streets.
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The president of the HOA told Petchenik heavy commercial vehicles have done major damage to the narrow streets of the subdivision and it would cost $325,000 to make necessary repairs.
He said the bus didn’t come into the neighborhood for about 10 years before it was moved inside of it.
Neighbor Jeffrey Prater walks his niece to the bus stop in the morning.
“There’s cross traffic. Busy people coming from Costco,” he said “For unsupervised children that might not be paying attention. Drivers could be looking at their cellphone instead of the road.”
Prater and Musgrove said they don’t buy the theory about street damage.
“It really puts children at risk,” Prater said. “Especially when I see garbage trucks and other large trucks coming through here … I don’t think it’s the right thing to do.”
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