Parents Concerned Over School Bus Problems

Parents in one central Kentucky community speak out today about their school system's busing problems.

While the Jessamine County District says it is trying to fix the problem, students continue to be left at bus stops and dropped off well past the start of school.

The county has 117 buses, 11 schools, and more than 7,000 students from elementary to high school. The buses are delivering students from 7 :00 a.m. until sometimes 5:00 in the afternoon.
Parents in Jessamine County say its a math problem that equals disaster.

Some say their children are picked up thirty minutes to an hour or more late, or not even picked up at all. The assistant superintendent for Jessamine County schools, Owens Saylor, says he acknowledges the issues at hand and is willing to address them. But according to one mother, the administration already knew of the problems even calling her yesterday to apologize. Carol Tolliver says her son was missed again today for the second day in a row, and this time the school system sent a bus just to pick him up, dropping him off twenty five minutes after school had already started.

Several other parents voiced their concerns to 27 NEWSFIRST today, however they did not want to appear on camera.

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  • by HEATHER Location: NICHOLASVILLE on Oct 9, 2007 at 12:07 PM
    Oh, by the way I have dealt with the bus garage. My daughter after riding on the bus for an hour would sometimes arrive home an additional 20 minutes late because the bus would have problems. The problem was the windshield wipers. Every time it would rain the kids would have to wait for another bus. This happened EVERY time it rained last would think they would fix the windshield wipers. EVERY time I would contact the bus garage and they said they would handle it...but of course it didn't happen!
  • by HEATHER Location: NICHOLASVILLE on Oct 9, 2007 at 11:59 AM
    My daughter was in kindergarten last year and at 6 years old she had to ride the bus a hour in the morning and a hour in the afternoon. School is only 3 hours long and we live less than 15 minutes away from the school. This year my son is in preschool at the Early Learning Village and the bus ride is the same for a 3 YEAR OLD!!!! I do take my 3 year old to school and pick him up because it would be a little ridiculous to expect a 3 year old to suffer that bus ride. Unfortunantely he will have the same bus ride for 3 years in a row with no help in sight.
  • by Jean Location: Nicholasville on Sep 24, 2007 at 03:20 PM
    Daisy have you dealt personally with Mr Bellman as a parent? He will listen to what you have to say and then do NOTHING. We have a bus driver who is constantly saying my child has been in trouble on the bus. Other kids disagree and say it is not my child. Mr. Bellman has done nothing about this for the 2nd year now. Yes there are good bus drivers, but this man is not doing his job properly when he is not protecting the children from mean ones. I expect my children to be taken care of. When I went to the bus stop to talk to the driver, she lied and denied it all. She broke my child's privacy by talking to another driver about him instead of coming to me first. And guess what, NOTHING was done. How would you feel if your child's privacy was broken to another driver or anyone else and you were made to be the bad guy? My child was mentioned by name specifically to this other person. All she got was a slap on the wrist! Bellman kept trying to act like it was my child's fault.
  • by daisy Location: nicholasville on Sep 20, 2007 at 06:20 PM
    mr bellman does care about the children if he didn't he would not be doing the job he does some parents just want something to fuss about we are hiring come on down and give it a try. people don't realize how hard of a job it is. we have to go out in the rain, sleet, snow, and hot sun. we have one the hardest jobs there is to get these children to school and back home safely. people in cars will see the bus coming and pull right out in front of them just because they don't want to follow a school bus.we would not have as much school traffic to content with if more people would put there children on the bus. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK CHRIS JOB WELL DONE
  • by Jean on Sep 6, 2007 at 07:04 PM
    Try talking to Mr Bellman and see where you get. NO WHERE. He talks the talk but doesn't take action. We've had problems with the same driver this year and last with NO resolution.
  • by Susan Location: Nicholasville on Sep 6, 2007 at 04:32 PM
    Bellman doesn't care one bit about the children. My little girl was attacked on the first day of school, along with another little boy. I begged Bellman the next morning, to PLEASE pull the video and watch it. Their policy is to immediately watch the video when the bus comes back to the garage. He refused to view the video for me. It took him over a week to view it. He acted like he didn't have time to deal with 2 little kids getting hurt on his bus- and did not care if his driver was at fault or not for allowing the fight. His wife works at Central Office too, so if he doesn't do his job, who cares? I wish this man would get sacked.
  • by Nancy Location: Nicholasville on Sep 6, 2007 at 03:29 PM
    I was a bus driver for Jessamine County until May, believe me this man needs to be ousted.There has been massive ongoing issues about all aspects of busing.The drivers aren't treated much better.Bellman will never take action and do anything because he is the problem.I know a woman who's elementary child(girl)was beaten up by four boys when school started this year.She has yet to get an answer as to why nothing was done.The driver of the bus has even went so far as to leave with her children while she was standing there to get them.Before he left he laughed at her, closed the door and left with her children. I could tell other things that have went on. This particular lady has contacted 27 about this story but no one calls her back.Parents need to get together because these children need a safe environment to ride to school.Our buses need monitors on all of them to assist the driver.This is extremely helpful,majority of school systems in the US have monitors.
  • by Charlotte Location: Jessamine County on Sep 6, 2007 at 02:38 PM
    I am a school bus monitor for Jessamine County Schools and most of the problem with the late children is the fact that we have to take the middle school children to school first and wait in traffic to get all the way accross town to the high school
  • by Eric Location: Jessamine County on Sep 6, 2007 at 02:35 PM
    Some kids that live more than 10 miles from school. How do you expect them to walk. Schools want them to go so bad they need to do something about getting them there. My childs bus picks my children up at 6:30AM- they get to school at 8:30AM (10 Minutes before schools starts) and they dont get home until almost 5PM!!
  • by Pam on Sep 6, 2007 at 11:09 AM
    The school taxes here are nothing - you want to complain go to NY - they are really high there - it is just pennies down here. The kids deserve by state statue a safe and comfortable ride to school. Mr. Bellman needs to take action and get things moving properly - this was an ongoing problem from last year.
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