Superintendent Rocky Hanna, in a live Facebook announcement just minutes ago, stated that the move to a new transportation system was a “colossal failure.”
Hanna indicated that a number of the benefits promised by the new system, like GPS tracking of students, was not working.
Hanna, who got emotional at times, took the blame for the crisis and begged for patience.
Hanna encouraged parents to bring “students to and from school” until the the new system is working properly.
LCS Board member Alva Striplin told TR at this point it is “all hands on deck.” She said we need parents to pick up their kids.
Special Needs Students
Numerous sources are indicating that a number of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) children have been stranded at school without transportation.
In fact, sources have told TR that a number of principals are being told to call the parents of these children and to tell them they need to be picked up.
TR has also confirmed that at some schools buses never showed up this morning to pick up ESE children.
This information is being supported by comments on social media.
Kasi Flatt Pulliza posted on Facebook that “Leon county school buses never showed up to pick up ANY special needs kids today!!!! I just received a call from Montford Middle School and they are panicked because they can’t get anyone to answer the phones at the Bus compound to tell them if these kids have a way home!!”
A Chiles High School parent told TR that she was informed that no buses were dispatched for Chiles ESE students. She also said that she could not get her phone calls returned from LCS.
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