Conway County Parents Frustrated With Longer Bus Routes

CONWAY COUNTY, AR - It's become a waiting game for Lenny and Regina Stroud.

"Last month of last year. That's when it really started getting long."

This couple found out even longer this year as they remain on stand by at their Solgohachia home.

Watching their children walk off the bus 30 minutes later than usual.

"Did you have a good day at school? You did?"

"To and from school, they're spending three hours on the bus. That's almost half the time they spend in school itself," explains Lenny Stroud.

Even their children admit they don't look forward to the long overcrowded ride to and from Morrilton Middle School.

"This little girl, she had to sit in my seat with me on my lap," says Abby Stroud.

"It's like a disaster waiting to happen."

"The very first day of school, there was a school bus accident that hit an overpass. I feel like these drivers are pressed for time."

"We do have longer bus routes this year," says Shawn Halbrook.

Halbrook, South Conway County School District Superintendent received a handful of complaints from parents.

"We've had to consolidate our routes."

Due to a shortage in bus drivers.

"We've spread out more kids on less buses, more stops, slows it down," says Holbrook.

Halbrook says they want to make sure they hire qualified bus drivers and understand parent concerns.

"We would love to have more bus drivers because I don't want any kids on the bus any longer than I have to."

But Lenny wants his three kids to have enough time to eat breakfast at school and not have to rush to class.

"I mean if we're shorthanded now, what's gonna happen when one of them calls in?"

He and others believe it will only get worse if they continue down the same route.

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