Driver Gets Lost; Metro Students Late For School 1-18-2011 - WSMV Channel 4

Driver Gets Lost; Metro Students Late For School 1-18-2011

Reported By Jonathan Martin
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
About 25 Metro students were late for school Tuesday morning after the school system said a substitute driver became lost during the route.

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One mother of a student said she and her child waited for two hours in the rain for the bus.
“Her hands were swollen. She was upset. She couldn’t understand why she had to wait so long,” said mother Amber Favorite.
Favorite rushed from work Tuesday morning after finding out her daughter, a seventh-grader at Oliver Middle School, had been standing in the cold rain for two hours waiting on the bus.
“She was in a cheerleading uniform standing on the corner of the street. It’s dangerous. She didn’t have any place to go,” said Favorite.
Staff with the school said that at least 25 other students were in the same situation.
Favorite said her daughter's bus has been late several times recently and that she was referred to Metro schools' central office for answers.
“They wouldn’t give me any information. I got disconnected once,” said Favorite.
Metro Schools Chief Operating Officer Fred Carr said late buses can be blamed on drivers quitting, retiring or, in this case, calling in sick.
Carr said the substitute driver got lost but said the route was completed only an hour late.
“The hour and a half to two hours does not match with our records,” said Carr.
Three months ago, parents across the district complained about late buses. At the time, school leaders said nearly 80 drivers were calling in sick each day. They suspected it was an organized effort to protest a 15 percent pay cut, but the district said about 50 drivers still out each day.
The Nashville public school system said GPS's are being installed on all buses.

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