Parents in Weiner School District Still Not Satisfied WIth District's Answer To Bus Route Issues

September 25, 2003 - Posted at: 6:07 p.m. CDT

Weiner, Ark. -- On Monday, K8 News reported that many parents and patrons in the Weiner School District are upset about the consolidation of bus routes and stops in the district.  The changes are reportedly forcing some children to walk miles to catch their bus.

Today, those same parents held a meeting to try and find a solution to the problem.  Not too much progress was made, except for the acknowledgement by parents that if changes are needed, administrators need to hop on board.

Weiner superintendent Betty McGruder says the consolidation of stops is a result of students having to spend too much time on the bus on long routes.  But, parents say the new system puts their childrens' safety at stake, because many of them are being picked up and dropped off on busy highways.

Meanwhile, Weiner Mayor and school board member Todd Bartholomew says he feels not a lot can be done about the situation.  "I know that some changes have already been made on the bus routes on picking some children up.  I'm not sure what else can be made," said Bartholomew.

Meanwhile, another public meeting is set for September 30 at the Weiner Rice Festival Building..