Summers County Family Frustrated With School Bus Schedule - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Summers County Family Frustrated With School Bus Schedule

Posted: Updated:
At this time the bus routes for Summers County Schools cannot change. At this time the bus routes for Summers County Schools cannot change.
HINTON -

A family is upset with the Summers County Schools bus schedule after it takes two hours for their child to get to school from their house.

Gary and Kim Cole, 6-year-old Hinton Area Elementary kindergartner Chase Cole's parents, say they have tried to contact the board of education about this problem, but so far nothing has been done to fix the bus routes. 

Jay McBride, Summers County Schools transportation director, says the only alternative for them is to drop their son off at a bus stop that is about 2.5 miles away from their home. 

This changes the child's school ride to about 40 minutes. Kim Cole says she's been taking her son to that bus stop, which means having to make four trips every day to and from her home. 

"You're putting these kids on these buses for long periods of time, and when they get to school they're not focused, they're not ready, they're tired, they're already worn out before they get to school," Gary Cole says. "Consolidation sometimes works in areas and in other areas it does not."

McBride says as of now there is nothing he can do to change the bus routes. 

"Unfortunately we're a very rural county, and that's just, that's the best I could do, the least amount of time I could offer for their son to ride the school bus," McBride says. "From time to time I get these calls from all areas of the county because over, over the past several years you know consolidation closed out some of the outline schools, so the kids have to ride farther to get to school."

Gary and Kim Cole say they have another son about to start pre-school who will likely have to attend Hinton Elementary in the future. 


 

Powered by Frankly