Late Buses

By: Paul Aker
By: Paul Aker

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The Wichita School District transports more than 20,000 students by bus everyday. District officials call parents when children are involved in a bus accident, but not when buses are delayed.

Johnetta and Karles Blackman say they spend many afternoons wondering when their kids will get home. A Wichita school bus is supposed to drop them off by 4:45 p.m., but it's sometimes as much as 45 minutes late. The Blackman's say no one from the school ever calls to let them know when the buses are delayed.

Transportation Services supervisor Eric Williams says buses are late because of students' bad behavior. He says sometimes the kids get so out of control bus drivers have to pull over and make them calm down.

Williams says those problems are rare, but a few times a year it gets so bad school officials have to hold a meeting with parents to work out their children's behavioral problems. The Blackman's were called to one of those meetings Tuesday night.

Parents who attended the meeting say the district has promised to do a better job notifying them about delays.


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