BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Half way through the first week of school some parents are giving the Brunswick County school bus system an "F."
For the past two days, some kids have been getting home much later than they're scheduled – some, even hours after school has ended.
A spokesperson for the school system says delays are expected for the first few days as they double check to make sure students are on the right bus. However, many angry parents say that's no excuse.
Mel Miller has three children in Brunswick County schools.
"It makes me mad, it simply makes me mad that I couldn't find my kids on Monday until 6:00 at night," said Miller. "I started looking at 4:30, and until 5:57, I had no idea where my kids were."
The school system says a technical glitch prevented Miller, and other parents, from being notified via phone that their children's bus routes were delayed Monday. Since then, the school system has made changes to their technology, but Miller's disappointment remains the same.
"I don't mind giving supplies, but I do mind my child being two hours late from school and if we do have a problem with transportation, we need to find that money," said Miller. "This has to be addressed ASAP."
Miller says this issue points to a bigger problem in the school system. She says the staggered schedule means that her three kids go to school at different times.
"Parents have to rearrange their schedule because of the time difference," said Miller.
The bus drivers have a one-hour deadline to drop off the high school/middle school kids first and swing back for the elementary kids for their dismissal at 3:45 p.m.
"I can't understand how it's smooth," said Miller. "I can't understand how anyone would want their kids out this time of day."
Jessica Swencki, a spokesperson for the school system, says they're working on that problem.
"Those buses shared by middle and high school students need to load students quickly and safely, so those buses can get on the road," said Swencki.
If something doesn't change quickly, Miller and other parents may consider a different option.
"I've actually checked into charter schools," said Miller.
Swencki said the school system regrets that some people are frustrated. They hope to have all the problems with transportation delays resolved by the end of this week.
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