Parents, Wake Schools caught in bus stop dilemma

September 5, 2012 4:02:20 PM PDT
The ongoing bus issues in the Wake County Public School System is leading to a "use it or lose it" dilemma.

The school district is threatening to get rid of bus stops if children aren't there.

Parents argue that there aren't any children at the bus stops because the buses are unreliable.

"It's been a week and a half and we don't know what to do," said parent Laura Sokol-Meade.

Sokol-Meade pulled her children from the bus last week.

"Our bus still did not hit our corner until after 5 p.m. last night and we are two minutes from the school," she said.

Sokol-Meade said when it comes to her six year old, that's simply not acceptable.

Sherri Bolton made the same decision for her daughter who is in sixth grade.

"My daughter will not be on the bus in the afternoon until that route is broken out -- that route is fixed," said Bolton.

But that presents a real problem for the district. It's one they both understand.

"How do you plan a route when you don't know what your ridership is going to be," asked Bolton.

It's a dilemma for everyone involved. Transportation officials have said, if no one is on the buses, they can't maintain the routes. Parents said they need the buses, but they need them to run on time.

"We have 10 kids in kindergarten and first grade -- five and six year olds in our block -- and we need the bus on our corner, but we do not want them going on the bus until it's fixed," said Sokol-Meade.

"The ambiguity, the not knowing is so frustrating," said Bolton.

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