LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) — “It’s mostly the crowding and the safety issue are the kids actually able to fit in the seat is the bus seat going to protect them if something were to happen are that many kids going to be able to get off of a bus,” said Lacy Bray, parent of a student in the Lackawanna City School District.
Parents say that previously Truman Elementary School had it’s own bus for first grade and under, and the Martin Road Elementary school had it’s own bus for it’s students. But now parents say students from both schools in grades kindergarten through 5th are combined on the same bus.
“There’s too many kids on the bus and the bus driver can’t focus on all them children and the road and they’re all squished, the children are all different sizes and they have book bags and their lunch boxes,” said Eleanor Hanyon, parent of a student in the Lackawanna City School District..
Both schools start at different times, and parents say students are stuck waiting on school buses longer.
“In the morning my son has to go to another school wait from them to disembark to go to his school. and then in the afternoon the older elementary students have to go sit and wait for the other kids to get off and the transportation time is the same as last year the buses are still not on time they’re still running late,” said Bray.
Other parents have also taken to social media to express the same concerns. A Lackawanna school employee says there’s only a 15 minute difference between the times the school day starts and ends, but parent say the new bus changes keep students from making it to and from school on time.
‘The bus company just told me that it wasn’t their fault that it was a district decision and I would’ve really appreciated if the district would’ve let us know what’s going on so my son wouldn’t of thought that he was being taken to the wrong school,” said Bray.
News 4 reached out to the Lackawanna City School District and the school bus company for a response, but our phone calls have not been returned.