Changed Bus Routes Confuse Parents - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Jonesboro, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Changed Bus Routes Confuse Parents

JONESBORO, AR -- Some parents are having problems with the bus routes for the Jonesboro Public Schools.  Some kids are walking up to eight blocks to get to the school they attend or catch a bus to another school.

Donna McCuiston's 16-year-old daughter is one of many Jonesboro students who don't have a seat on a school bus.

"There's like 12 students in this neighborhood alone that need transportation to and from school, but they just don't have the buses," said McCuiston.

Over 2,000 Jonesboro kids ride the bus to school everyday, something many parents feel they have the right to do.

"They informed me that the buses are a privilege to have, but they're not mandatory to have," said McCuiston.

Jonesboro Superintendent Dr. Kim Wilbanks said that's true; Arkansas law doesn't require school districts to provide transportation for students'; they just have to be consistent.

"The Jonesboro School District has always followed a policy of only transporting kids that live outside a two mile radius of their neighborhood schools," said Wilbanks.

Kids who go to magnet schools ride a shuttle bus from a nearby school to their magnet school, but have to find a way to get to that school if they live within two miles of it.  For some, that means a nearly two mile walk.

"There are many students who are in the Jonesboro district who are not eligible for our transportation system," said Wilbanks.

Parent Dameika Gavin said her daughter goes to Philadelphia Elementary, which is the Math and Science Magnet School, but to get across town to that school she catches a shuttle bus at South Elementary.

"She has to walk eight and a half blocks which is ten minutes with me but just probably fifteen for her," said Gavin.

The school is on hand to help cross streets and direct kids on the safest path. 

"We recognize that parents need as much help as possible getting their kids to and from school and we want to do that in a safe manner.  However, we have an unlimited amount of resources that we can use to provide those," said Wilbanks.

She said they should finish adjusting the routes by the beginning of next week

"After we are able to accommodate all of the students who are eligible we are able to go back and look at the routes and we may be able to add more shuttles," said Wilbanks.

One of those shuttles started on Wednesday morning, and more could be added in the next few days.

Some parents are having problems with the bus routes for the Jonesboro Public Schools.  Some kids are walking up to eight blocks to get to the school they attend or catch a bus to another school.

Donna McCuiston's 16-year-old daughter is one of many Jonesboro students who don't have a seat on a school bus.

"There's like 12 students in this neighborhood alone that need transportation to and from school, but they just don't have the buses," said McCuiston.

Over 2,000 Jonesboro kids ride the bus to school everyday, something many parents feel they have the right to do.

"They informed me that the buses are a privilege to have, but they're not mandatory to have," said McCuiston.

Jonesboro Superintendent Dr. Kim Wilbanks said that's true; Arkansas law doesn't require school districts to provide transportation for students'; they just have to be consistent.

"The Jonesboro School District has always followed a policy of only transporting kids that live outside a two mile radius of their neighborhood schools," said Wilbanks.

Kids who go to magnet schools ride a shuttle bus from a nearby school to their magnet school, but have to find a way to get to that school if they live within two miles of it.  For some, that means a nearly two mile walk.

"There are many students who are in the Jonesboro district who are not eligible for our transportation system," said Wilbanks.

Parent Dameika Gavin said her daughter goes to Philadelphia Elementary, which is the Math and Science Magnet School, but to get across town to that school she catches a shuttle bus at South Elementary.

"She has to walk eight and a half blocks which is ten minutes with me but just probably fifteen for her," said Gavin.

The school is on hand to help cross streets and direct kids on the safest path. 

"We recognize that parents need as much help as possible getting their kids to and from school and we want to do that in a safe manner.  However, we have an unlimited amount of resources that we can use to provide those," said Wilbanks.

She said they should finish adjusting the routes by the beginning of next week

"After we are able to accommodate all of the students who are eligible we are able to go back and look at the routes and we may be able to add more shuttles," said Wilbanks.

One of those shuttles started on Wednesday morning, and more could be added in the next few days.

Powered by Frankly