Stone's throw too close

What's one-tenth of a mile? To a local family, it's a matter of riding the bus to Norwalk High School or walking 45 minutes each way.
Aaron Krause
Jul 25, 2010


What's one-tenth of a mile?

To a local family, it's a matter of riding the bus to Norwalk High School or walking 45 minutes each way.

To Norwalk City Schools officials, it is a matter of following district regulations.

Norwalk resident Stacey Maynard, who has two teenagers in school, disagrees with district officials about the distance between her home, 55 Milan Ave. and the high school, 350 Shady Lane Drive.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, public school districts in the state may, but are not required to, provide transportation for high school students. Each school board, the law states, has the right to set limits as to which students can ride. The Norwalk City Schools Board of Education has voted to offer transportation to high school students living two or more miles from school.

Dustin Brown, the district's director of support services, said he and Superintendent Wayne Babcanec have measured the distance twice each. The result each time: 1.9 miles. Maynard said she looked up the mileage on, and it came out to a little more than two miles. Maynard's older son Brian, 25, said he drove the route with Babcanec, and the distance was 1.9 miles. However, Brian said he also drove the route himself, and the result was more than two miles.

Brown said he and Babcanec measured the distance by taking the most direct route, as required by state law. They started at the bus lane at Norwalk High School, went out of the parking lot, took a right onto Shady Lane, a right on Norwood Avenue, a left on Benedict Avenue and a right onto Main Street and a left onto Milan Avenue to the residence.

Brown said he and Babcanec stand by their measurements.

So, since Maynard lives less than two miles from the school, her teenagers, 15-year-old Leslie and 16-year-old Christopher, walk 45 minutes each way to and from school when they cannot get a ride. They leave home at about 6:30 a.m. on walking days.

Brian had been taking them, but said he's been busy since having a baby with his girlfriend. Stacey Maynard said she does not have a vehicle, while her husband is at work before Leslie and Christopher go to school. Christopher does not yet have a driver's license.

Brian Maynard said he doesn't think it is fair his siblings have to walk 45 minutes each way.

"What are the kids supposed to do come a rainy cold day?" he asked rhetorically. "They expect them to walk in it. What's it hurting, a couple extra couple kids getting on the bus."

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The map above shows the route from 55 Milan Ave. to Norwalk High School. Google Maps calculates the distance at 2.0 miles.

Brown said he is not singling out the Maynards. In fact, he estimated he gets 10 such complaints from parents each school year. The largest surge in calls, he said, come when children are entering high school. Brown said that is probably because through eighth grade, Norwalk City Schools' students were eligible to ride the bus if they lived a mile or more from their respective school. As they enter high school, that suddenly changes to two miles or more.

Brown said it all boils down to his requirement to follow the rules established by the school board and the Ohio Revised Code.

"I'm not trying to be insensitive to the situation, but unfortunately I have a policy that I have to enforce," he said. "(The Maynards) are not the only ones that are in this condition. This is not a conspiracy against one family; this is about being bus-eligible."

In fact, Brown said he thinks school officials are being more than fair. He noted the Ohio Revised Code stipulates that kindergarten through eighth grade students living more than two miles from the school are eligible to ride.

"Our school board has chosen to exceed the Ohio Revised Code by doing one mile or more," he said. "The school board has chosen to do more for the community than required."

But, the prospect of walking in frigid weather worries Brian Maynard.

"It concerns me a lot because I don't think any kid should walk in it," he said. "I've worked in it eight hours, 10 hours a day."

Brian said his siblings are concerned as well: They're not looking forward to having to walk during the chill of winter.


oh my God (Anon...

I've been reading these comments from time to time and I just found out who swiss family is. Or at least the name he was using in July and beginnig of August. He said trhe same stupid line to me, "are you still angry that they dropped that house on your sister,well, that was a long time ago, let it go." Back then he or she was going by "TRobinson". T Robinson, your still as popular now as you were a few months ago, and still just as big of an as* as you were then also. Get a life you trouble making fool.

Re: OMG (Anonymous)

Thank you for clearing that up for me. It is a she, and I know her well. She hasn't changed after all these years.

re: Re:OMG (Ano...

A lonely little sole she is.. so sad.

swiss family .....

to "oh my God" hi Sharon , how's your brother with the 20 dui"s , is he still driving? and how about those 2 little foster kids that you are trying to destroy their lives? are they doing well ? i hope that they are !you are mistaken about my identity . so i will clear it up for you. i was not going by the name TRobinson, like you said that i was .. to be more acurate, i was going by the name T$Robinson... please get it right ..please don't forget the $ .. thank you very much

pope otomus (An...

whats with that boy's light up finger? is he related to E.T.??? even if he has to walk in the dark , his finger should be able to light their way

Here we go agai...

Sharon, huh? Call me Sharon, call me Dorothy, call me whoever you like. You are sooooooooo far off it's hilarious! You want me to bring up some stuff about YOUR past, swiss? Oh I remember when you had an aff...well, let's just say I'm going to enjoy this. In due time, my pretty. What did you buy at Wal-Mart the other day??

oh my God (Anon...

T$Robinson; you need to get your facts right. How many DUI's?? Yes, he drives everyday, to and from work and the bar of course, only after he's downed a few shots of turkey and about a case of beer. And to the question about the foster children, I've never had a foster child?? Where did you ever get that information from, guess you don't pay attention to well, lol. Or you just need to get your head out of your *ss. Yes, I do have 2 children I am raising, but they are not foster children, duh! Get your story straight before you flap your jaws. You just think you know it all, lol. I see your reputations follows you from comment page to comment page. Imagine that. Glad I'm not the only one who can see you for the " know it all town idiot" that you are.

Tammy (Anonymous)

I've been through every comment page on here, and in every one I notice how 'swiss family' refers to a comment with a name calling reply. Are you sure you want to do that? I mean, if you are wrong, which I'm sure you are, aren't you worried about getting sued for slander? I would be if I were you. I don't understand how you can sit there, probably at work no doubt, and say something to the effect like "how's your brother with the 20 dui"s , is he still driving? and how about those 2 little foster kids that you are trying to destroy their lives? are they doing well ? i hope that they are" What is YOUR problem?? Why would you type that to anybody, let alone someone you might know?? Do you even know how many people read this online??? There's more than just the 4 people who reply on here. Think about it! You are a very hateful mean spirited person to say the things you say on here. You should be ashamed of yourself. I saw on here where you asked someone why they were so bitter and hateful. Uh, I don't think THEY have a problem. I think you do. You sound like a spoiled brat. Now, be that brat and give me a nasty reply. I won't see it. I don't plan on reading these forums anymore, I will read the other edition of the Reflector online from now on. People like you give nothing to society, but expect much from it. Typical.

To: here we go ...

Don't have a clue who you are or for that matter what you're talking about?? I don't know who you think I am, but I am sorry to tell you I'm not, believe me! From what I can make of you message you think I am "swiss". Its funny, I just told everyone last night the name swiss was going by a couple of months ago, because I seen the same comment to another person on here that was made to me. In July and August he or she was going by T$Robinson, how's that Robinson, got it right this time. So whoever you think you are commenting to go ahead and start spreading the dirt you have on them, sounds like it might be interesting. And I have not been to Walmart since 9-11-07, just looked at my checkbook to confirm that.

To Tammy; (Anon...

Thank you, well said. I am the one he or she was directing that too. They gave me alot or cr*p a few months back under the name of T$Robinson.

Re:To: here we ...

no no no! not you!~it was for swiss family! sorry you took it wrong. I have no clue who you are!

To: here we go ...

OK, glad that was straightened out. Does anyone on here know who this "swiss family AKA T$Robinson is"? I would really like to know. I would like to file a slander suit, this person has attacked me a few too many times and people in my family, that they don't even know. Anyone, please??!!

YES I KNOW!!!! ...

Let's just play into the game right now...a lot of people would like to sue for slander against swiss.

JE8675309NNY (A...

We use to BEG to walk to schhool! Usually because we had our boyfriends meet us at a certain point, then we'd all walk together. About the only time we even considered the bus is when it would rain, but usually somebody's mom would come get us. Or we had an umbrella, boots, a rain slicker...whatever the weather, we dressed for it. And back then we didn't have live local radar to tell us where the rain was. When the snow flew, we stopped by Hogan's hill to take advantage of it. Kids are too whiny these days. And they're parents are too lenient.

swiss family......

so many people on here claim to know who i am, so go ahead and call me by my name! i don't know what you think i have said that slanders anyone?have i ever told anyone their first and last name? no i never have ,i have called people "dorothy" as a reference to the wizard of oz,and i have called one woman "sharon" but never a last name, because that's what other people were calling her at the time when she went off on me!, so go ahead, and threaten me with legal actions, i can assure you that i will win. and as far as what i bought at wall mart , sorry but i haven't been in there in over a year ! and why did you stop when you were ready to say that i was having an aff.. i can assure you that you will be wrong, but go ahead and make wild accusations, it is entertaining, but you are wrong about who you think i am

swiss family--g...

you keep referring to "sharon", is there really a sharon on here?? You use many identies on here so why are you putting a name on someone. Who the h*ll are you? My name could very well be sharon and I could be taking your insults and slanderous remarks personally. you keep repeating the same garbage over and over to this person about a brother with 20 something dui's and how she is ruining 2 foster kids lives?? If this person does exsist I hope they do sue you for slander, you deserve it.

swiss family......

to "swiss family---guess who" if there really is someone in here named "sharon" who has 2 foster kids , and a brother with 20 dui's then sign me up for my own tv show like john edwards, or get me on montel, like sylvia browne, because i must have amazing abilities! which i do not have

to swiss family...

this is what you wrote, is it not?? " to "oh my God" hi Sharon , how's your brother with the 20 dui"s , is he still driving? and how about those 2 little foster kids that you are trying to destroy their lives? are they doing well ? i hope that they are" Now, do you still have any questions you'd like cleared up before you get hauled into court?

Nobody's likes ...

Myself included... But stop blowing smoke around. You can not sue anyone for what they say on here. There is no proof and no tie to the person posting. And before any of you half informed know-it-alls start spouting about IP addresses, I am a Network Engineer, so trust me when I say they are not saved, there is no tie to the words on this screen to your computer. Other sites maybe, but in an unmoderated forum with no login or verification process, you have nothing. Your not going to sue anyone and if you try you will lose, so don't bother bringing it up... If you are annoyed with someone, Ignore them. Most of the annoyers are attention hungry losers, and when you argue with them you make their day. So ignore them when they are stupid and eventually they will go somewhere else.

thank you (Anon...

to the one who wrote-to the swiss family Oct. 2, 2007; 2:15 pm---thank you very much, for the support.

Me included (An...

I don't like swiss either, and I too will ignore their presence.

re; tammy (Anon...

tammy, just to let you know-there is someone being very rude on here! and if you can't see it,well i think you need to get glasses!!!this person acts extremely improper during many posts.instead of intelligent conversations this person acts very childish.for instance-telling one to move to a town where gas is cheaper.what a freakin idiot!that is NOT an adult response!this leaves one to question if this evil spirited human being is in fact a person of a young age that doesn't know how to act in a public forum.i gotta tell you, my 5 yr.old nephew can carry on an adult conversation like you would not believe!as a matter of fact-so can his 3yr.old sister!man they sound much more mature than this person that is very rude on here does!!and this is very TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!