Groveport Madison High School Students Return To School Without Busing, Sidewalks


It was a messy commute for some trying to get to Groveport Madison High School on Tuesday.

The district eliminated high school busing this year after voters rejected a $5.5 million emergency levy in May.

On Tuesday, students had to find new ways to get to school – some more dangerous than others.

Some students walked along South Hamilton Road, which does not have sidewalks, during rush hour.

“It was getting to the point where it was 7:30. She was like, ‘Mom, I’m going to be tardy. I’m going to be late,’” said mother Shannon Whisman. “We said we’re going to just have to let you get out on the side of the road, South Hamilton Road, and start heading to school.”

Groveport Madison High School Principal Aric Thomas said that the school is trying to work toward a solution.

“We’re trying to come together to solve their problems,” he said. “We are trying to come together to make this as easy as possible. We know it’s hard for any family to get their kids to school, get to work, when they’ve had years of being able to rely on the bus.”

He said some parents are trying to establish a carpool system to help ease traffic and safety issues.

According to area police, even with the major traffic delays, the school staff did a great job keeping cars moving in the parking lot.

Police said they would keep staff on South Hamilton Road to monitor the new traffic situation.

Groveport Madison officials said that there were no immediate plans to put a new levy on the ballot.

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