Mother Wants LRSD to Change School Bus Drop-Off Policy

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The wheels on the buses passing the West-Central Community Center have no intention on stopping.

"A lot of kids can't access the Community Center," says Chasity Jiles.

Chasity wants her eight-year-old son Cade dropped off at the Community Center after school. Little Rock School District officials say they can't.

"If the kids can't get to the Community Center, it's not being utilized the way it should. They have homework assistance programs, they have a big nice gym."

Little Rock School District Spokesperson Pamela Smith says the district transports 17,000 students everyday.

The district released this statement:

"The primary responsibility of the Little Rock School District Transportation Department is to get students to and from school in a safe and efficient manner.  We transport 17,000 students daily and, unfortunately, are unable to grant courtesy stops for each student.  It is not feasible for LRSD to transport to stops other than home to school.  However, we try to work with parents to use existing stops to transport to after-school programs such as recreational facilities,  Boys and Girls clubs, and daycare facilities. Students may use the closest available stop on the route. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate this particular request at this time."

"I would probably play basketball and go in the little room, that little game room." says Cade.

Cade says the Community Center is home base for finding new buddies.

"When I was at my summer camp, I made at least 30 or 20 friends," says Cade.

The wheels may not be stopping here today but Chasity hopes the district takes a second look at what's in their backyard.

"There's a nice, brand new Community Center right here at West-Central off of Barrow and Colonel Glenn and buses can't drop off at it," says Chasity.

North Little Rock School District officials confirm they offer Community Center drop offs to students.


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