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School district addressing issues with First Student, bussing problems

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The district is addressing transportation issues from the first few days of school after many parents called with horror stories about kids not getting to and from school properly.

One mom said on Monday morning her daughter was told to get off the bus because it was too crowded. The district said they are working diligently with First Student to address these issues immediately.

"I refuse to have my daughter fighting for a seat on the bus because she may not have a ride to school," said Stephanie Johnson.

Johnson said her daughter was told to get off the bus because there wasn't enough room.

"I asked her why. She said the bus was over crowded," Johnson said. "I said, ‘Were you by yourself?' She said, ‘No, it was me and a few other people.'"

Johnson said she had to leave her two elementary kids at the bus stop alone in order to take her daughter and some other Beach High School students to school, and when she finally got through to First Student, she said they didn't even know about the situation.

"So my thing is with First Student, if the buses are overcrowded, what's going to happen?" she said. "If they don't fight for a seat on the bus, what, they can't go to school? So they have to do something to keep this from happening again, and it has to be done ASAP."

On Monday, the district said they are working on all of these transportation issues individually with First Student, and they hope to have all the bus routes and schedules fixed by tomorrow.

"We do understand that they are experiencing these concerns these first few says of school, and we are working with them to make those adjustments quickly and immediately as each situation arises," said Executive Director of Support Services, Tammy Perkins.

The district said that its contract with First Student gives a 15 day grace period at the beginning of the year before the company can be penalized for these types of transgressions.

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The district is addressing transportation issues from the first few days of school after many parents called with horror stories about kids not getting to and from school properly.

One mom said on Monday morning her daughter was told to get off the bus because it was too crowded. The district said they are working diligently with First Student to address these issues immediately.

"I refuse to have my daughter fighting for a seat on the bus because she may not have a ride to school," said Stephanie Johnson.

Johnson said her daughter was told to get off the bus because there wasn't enough room.

"I asked her why. She said the bus was over crowded," Johnson said. "I said, ‘Were you by yourself?' She said, ‘No, it was me and a few other people.'"

Johnson said she had to leave her two elementary kids at the bus stop alone in order to take her daughter and some other Beach High School students to school, and when she finally got through to First Student, she said they didn't even know about the situation.

"So my thing is with First Student, if the buses are overcrowded, what's going to happen?" she said. "If they don't fight for a seat on the bus, what, they can't go to school? So they have to do something to keep this from happening again, and it has to be done ASAP."

On Monday, the district said they are working on all of these transportation issues individually with First Student, and they hope to have all the bus routes and schedules fixed by tomorrow.

"We do understand that they are experiencing these concerns these first few says of school, and we are working with them to make those adjustments quickly and immediately as each situation arises," said Executive Director of Support Services, Tammy Perkins.

The district said that its contract with First Student gives a 15 day grace period at the beginning of the year before the company can be penalized for these types of transgressions.

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