Parents of Henrico County Public Schools Voice Issues with buses - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Parents of Henrico County Public Schools voice issues with school buses

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

Parents of Henrico County students were in the driver's seat Wednesday night. They drove their concerns about their children's school buses all the way to the top of the ladder - sitting down with transportation supervisors and superintendents about problems happening this school year.

Parents sat in small groups, even one-on-one, giving them the opportunity to voice their concerns in a more personal way.

"It's a good turnout I think there's a lot of problems and people are willing to sit down and work it out," said Tony Turner, a parent at Tuckahoe Middle School.

Turner is worried about his daughter's walk to the bus stop.

"There are no sidewalks and there are ditches on either side, so we're not only concerned about her stepping off into the ditch but a car hitting her," said Turner.

Safety was a big concern but so was the issue of students getting to school on time.

Gary smith says his two boys at Byrd Middle School, often have to break a sweat to get to class on time - thanks to the bus driver.

"Mainly the buses arriving late in the morning and even when they're on time they're have trouble getting off the bus and getting to their classes on time," said Smith.

Getting to class on time was a hot topic, but parents also worried about their kids getting home after school - on time.

The biggest problem parents say they have is that kids are getting off the school bus late. School officials say with 48,000 students in the district, give us some time and we'll get things right.

Get things right, especially at Freeman High School, Tuckahoe and Byrd middle schools, and Ridge and Davis elementary schools, where officials acknowledge buses run late.

"I think they were very accommodating, I think we're going to hear something," said Turner.

"Very helpful, I'm very impressed with the software they have and trying to resolve the problems," said Smith.

Now that school officials have heard the parent's side of things - Henrico schools say they'll be meeting with the bus drivers Thursday. In Henrico alone, there are 550 drivers and school buses.

Copyright 2012 WWBT NBC12.  All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • Friend says story of woman mauled to death by own dogs doesn't add up

    Friend says story of woman mauled to death by own dogs doesn't add up

    Friday, December 15 2017 11:47 PM EST2017-12-16 04:47:23 GMT
    Bethany Lynn Stephens was found dead late Thursday. (Source: Facebook)Bethany Lynn Stephens was found dead late Thursday. (Source: Facebook)

    A woman who was found dead in a wooded area was mauled to death by her two dogs, according to the Goochland Sheriff's Office

    More >>

    A woman who was found dead in a wooded area was mauled to death by her two dogs, according to the Goochland Sheriff's Office

    More >>
  • Police investigating death at Henrico gas station

    Police investigating death at Henrico gas station

    Friday, December 15 2017 11:41 PM EST2017-12-16 04:41:48 GMT
    (Source: NBC12)(Source: NBC12)

    Police are investigating the death of a man in Henrico Friday night.  It happened before 10 p.m. at the Exxon gas station on Mechanicsville Turnpike near Crump Street.  Further details on the victim and how he died are still unknown.  Police have not said if there is a suspect in the case and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. Stay with NBC12 for the latest on the investigation. Copyright 2017 WWBT NBC12. All rights...

    More >>

    Police are investigating the death of a man in Henrico Friday night.  It happened before 10 p.m. at the Exxon gas station on Mechanicsville Turnpike near Crump Street.  Further details on the victim and how he died are still unknown.  Police have not said if there is a suspect in the case and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. Stay with NBC12 for the latest on the investigation. Copyright 2017 WWBT NBC12. All rights...

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Milder weekend coming up

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Milder weekend coming up

    Friday, December 15 2017 10:27 PM EST2017-12-16 03:27:14 GMT

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    More >>

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly