Richmond Co. parents frustrated over school bus troubles; transportation officials: 'calm down'

By: Sheli Muniz Email
By: Sheli Muniz Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, Aug. 13, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The first day of class is in the books in Richmond County.

You may have noticed the school buses coming down your streets, but if you drove down Central Avenue, you would have found Dawnya Richard waiting for hours.

She was waiting since 2:45 p.m. for her daughter, Taleem, to get home from the new Lamar-Milledge Elementary.

"She's 7 and she's probably panicking and hungry," Richard said.

Cars drove by and so did buses Monday afternoon.

"And the bus drivers are waving at us and we're waving back," she said.

But still no Taleem.

Veronica Lyons was waiting, too.

"We're trying to track down our children. Where to get them? My husband is dropping them off in one spot and I'm at another," she said.

Every year, transportation officials work to iron out first day kinks.

"They've been working these kinks out since my daughter was in Pre-K; how long are they going to be working out these kinks?" Richard said.

We took those questions to Richmond County School Transportation Director Jimmie Wiley.

"The first thing we do is ask them [parents] to calm down. This is what we go through, we are doing everything humanly possible to get our kids to school on time," Wiley said.

They also want them home on time, too.

It took a few hours, but 7-year-old Taleem eventually made it home.

"I didn't know if I was going to see mom, but I kept telling them to turn around," she said.

For Richard, she says she just hopes this isn't a start to a bumpy road.

"You have dropped the ball again, you have dropped the ball again," she said.

Transportation officials ask parents to be patient and make sure to have ID information on their child or on their backpacks.

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