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Wake County school bus system rolls off to rough start on first day

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RALEIGH — Wake County parents say they want to see changes in the school system's transportation system.

That comes after many students encountered problem with school buses on Monday. School leaders said they are still working out the kinks in the busing system during the first few weeks of school.

School representatives say as drivers are getting used to new routes during these first few weeks of school, they believe things will get better. Still, some parents we talked to claim their kids waited two hours for a bus Monday, while others say their bus never arrived.

Cary mother Ann Thorpe was relieved to see the school bus arrive Tuesday morning. On the first day of school, Thorpe ran into major issues trying to get her kids to class on time.

"The bus that our children take never showed up. We didn't even get a call and it was already past 9 a.m. There was no organization," said Thorpe.

Returning home from school was also a problem.

"Our children leave school at 3:45 p.m. The buses didn't drop them off until 6:30 p.m. in the evening,” said Thorpe.

From Cary to Apex, transportation problems also left other families across Wake County on edge.

"The big concern was really the little kids. Kids who had their first day of school and whose parents also worked. Those kids were also abandoned by Wake County Transportation Department," said parent Chris Partridge.

School leaders said that in order to obtain state funding, the school system is operating with 40 to 50 fewer buses on the road this year and bus routes had to be changed. Transportation leaders are examining the problems to see if any changes to be made.

Nonetheless, the problems leave parents like Thorpe on edge.

"It makes me feel worried because i would like to know that my children are safe," said Thorpe.

School leaders said supervisors monitor elementary school children during the first few weeks of school to make sure they get on the bus home safely, meaning they will be supervised even if a delay occurs.

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