Bryant parents worried kids won't have bus route next fall
(KATV) Bryant - It can be helpful to live near your child's school, but too close could mean your kids are not allowed to ride the school bus. Some Bryant families are worried the bus will skip their kid's stop next year.
They've had a good run, but it could be coming to an end. All because the transportation director had to fill-in and drive a route. That's when he noticed several kids lived in the two miles radius of Salem Elementary that they don't cover by bus.
Salem Road is heavily traveled, not safe for kids to walk across to get to school. Elizabeth Lyons has lived off Salem road most her life and remembers seeing kids picked up by bus for years. Lyons says, "I do know for a fact that the bus has come here. I have several friends in the neighborhood that still live here in the neighborhood that their kids now go to Salem and in fact ride the bus."
The Bryant School District will continue to bus the kids for the rest of the year but that's not good enough for Lyons, who recently moved to her childhood neighborhood, for her kids. She has an 18 month old, a nine and 6 year old.
"So I'm worried, what are my kids going to do next year. How am I supposed to get them to school," Lyons adds.
Superintendent Randy Rutherford sent channel seven this statement, quote: "We want to assure parents that no measures will be taken until we have had an opportunity to involve them in the discussion" He continues, "We are committed to providing safe transportation services to eligible students."
Lyons objects, saying it's the safest ride for kids while parents are at work, the stop doesn't make students late to school and doesn't require extra gas because it's on the way. "I need a good reason why they are not allowed to ride the bus, other that you live in a two mile radius."
A member of a parent teacher group made some phone calls and said changes could affect more than 50 kids. That doesn't include their younger siblings, not in school yet.
School administration plans to meet with parents before making a final decision for next year's bus schedule.
Complete Statement from Bryant Superintendent Randy Rutherford, "The Bryant School District recently became aware of a situation involving transportation of students to and from Salem Elementary School. We want to assure parents that no measures will be taken until we have had an opportunity to involve them in the discussion. Students will continue to be dropped off by bus for the remainder of the school year. We are committed to providing safe transportation services to eligible students."