Officials Working On Plan To Correct Transportation Issues

Officials Working On Plan To Correct Transportation Issues

Local Shelby County School officials said there would be hiccups with the merged system.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Local Shelby County School officials said there would be hiccups with the merged system.

Especially with school bus transportation.

Those hiccups turned into a case of whooping cough.

The administration says they've found solutions to bus delays and overcrowding problems. So there will be brand new bus routes, new bus stops, and more staff to handle problems and complaints from parents.

Staff members worked all weekend dealing with complaints and concerns and trying to find answers.

They think they've got solutions.

Starting Wednesday there will be new bus stops and new routes.

The school administrators knew this was going to be a problem.

They were right.

Just one week ago, students who were supposed to ride the bus found themselves depending upon the kindness of strangers.

“We're students. We should be worrying about our performance in the classroom and not how are we going to get to school,” Houston High student Antonio Scott said.

But that's what 15-year-old Scott did when school began the new year. It was not just one of those things.

At least that's what some parents told us.

It was a full blown debacle.

“It just so happened that I have a wonderful husband that's available to take the kids to school so every morning we've been transporting 7 kids to school every day,” parent Triciena Green said.

Now, just over one week after the beginning of the school year, a letter is going home to all parents and guardians.

It details plans they believe will drastically improve daily transportation service. The first step in a two phase process.

Drivers will count students every day to give officials accurate numbers.

The new bus stop assignments begin on Wednesday and there will be updates the following week. They hope by the week of the 26th, everything will be working.

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