Bus Route Mess: G-town Students Forced To Hitch A Ride

Bus Route Mess: G-town Students Forced To Hitch A Ride

Shelby County Schools promised students wouldn't have to walk to school if they lived a mile away. Wrong.
GERMANTOWN, TN (localmemphis.com)-- Shelby County Schools promised students wouldn't have to walk to school if they lived a mile away. Wrong. An entire block of Germantown High School kids have no bus and they live more than five miles away from school. Parents are frustrated and angry at the administration. They told us the board never gave them a warning the entire summer until yesterday. Students went home with a school letter saying they're left solving this problem on their own.

"We're students. We should be worrying about our performance in the classroom and not how are we going to get to school and how are we going to get home from school," said 15-year-old Antonio Scott.

Scott and his neighbors Ashley Green and Jonathon Ross all attend Houston High School in Germantown. They always had a bus pick them up from their Cordova Ridge neighborhood but not anymore.

"One of my neighbors took me. I rode with Ashley today," Scott told us.

"It just so happened that I have a wonderful husband that's available for now to take the kids to school," said Ashley's mother Triciena Green. "We've been transporting seven kids to school everyday."

But how long will this go on? Triciena Green is beyond frustrated.

"The very next street over in the same neighborhood, those kids have a bus," Mrs. Green stated. "We asked the school if we can take our kids there to catch the bus, and they're like, no they have to have a bus pass."

Local24 News found out how long and how far the high school is from the Green family's home. It is a little more than 5 miles and it took about 15 minutes for us to drive there. Imagine how long it would take a student to walk there. Another concern for Green, there are no sidewalks down Houston Levee Road. That's the route kids would have to take if they need to walk to school. A busy street where the speed limit is 40 miles an hour.
    
"I feel like I would get hit if I tried to walk to school," said 16 year old Ashley Green.

"When you call the Board of Education the line is busy. Or somebody picks up and then they hang u,p so we really don't have any other options to get in contact with someone," said Triciena Green.

Local24 News did get in contact with someone. A spokesperson for the Shelby County Schools sent us this statement: "The Department of Transportation is receiving a high volume of phone calls. Please know that every call coming to the Department of Transportation is receiving individual attention. We are analyzing each situation carefully and making adjustments as needed."

If you have any issues or concerns with bus routes you can contact the Shelby County Schools Transportation Department at (901) 321-2280 or by email scstransportation@scsk12.org
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