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East Ridge mom says Hamilton Co. school buses dropping off students more than an hour late

NewsChannel 9 waited with Tara Massey for her kids on Friday afternoon. It was an hour late and she says it was hour and a half late the day before.

An East Ridge mother says her experience with late Hamilton County School buses points to a bigger communication problem within the system.

NewsChannel 9 waited with Tara Massey for her kids on Friday afternoon. It was an hour late and she says it was hour and a half late the day before.

Administrators gave her a print out that shows her elementary school boys are supposed to get home just before 4 o'clock.

"Yesterday they finally got home at 5:35," she said.

She couldn't get an answer from the school or the transportation department on where her kids were.

"The transportation department says its the school's problem. The school says it was a bus problem. The bus says it was a school problem," she said. "It's kind of like a big circle of adults that don't seem to have an answer."

Friday, she says her son's assistant principal told her this morning he hoped the issues wouldn't continue. wouldn't keep happening

"There should be more than a hope," she said "There should be much more."

When we asked why buses were late, a spokesperson with HCDE sent us the following statement.

Since it was the first day of the new year, many principals held their buses a little longer to ensure students were on the correct buses. When that happens to buses in the first tier of school pickups, the buses will obviously run a little behind for the additional two tiers of routes.
We also have a few new drivers as well as drivers operating new routes. All of this can contribute to bus delays at the beginning of a new school year.
This all should improve as the year continues.

HCDE says Massey's kids ride a bus owned and operated by Durham School Services.

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