Denison ISD battles bus problems

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DENISON, TX -- DISD is experiencing some struggles in busing students back and forth to school.

Riding the bus hasn't been easy for some Denison students this week.

Parents say their kids are having a difficult time finding the right bus to take, or just getting on one.

"It's not fair to all of these kids, some of them have to wait, some of them get to go home," said Reynolds.

Brad Reynolds has an 8th grader who attends Henry Scott Middle School.

His son has Aspergers and Tuesday, he had to walk three miles home in the heat.

"[At] 5:00 he hadn't made it home. I come over to the school; they couldn't tell me where he was at," said Reynolds.

After waiting over an hour for a ride, Reynolds says his son left with a friend and walked home.

It's a scenario this father says he hopes doesn't happen again.

"I don't care if they call the parents and say, hey look we're having some issues, you might have to come pick up your kid. They didn't call anyone. Nobody knew about it," said Reynolds.

Thursday, Denison ISD addressed the problem.

"We understand when parents aren't happy; when their children aren't getting home, when they expect them, or when they get on the wrong bus," said Hatfield.

The district says they expected transportation difficulties this year after construction of the new high school and redistricting.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. George Hatfield says they're now trying to work out the kinks.

"Our target is for every student to be picked up at 4:15 and to be home by 5:00," said Hatfield.

Hatfield also says Thursday a new route was added and another was adjusted.

He says they hope to have the issue completely solved in the next few days.

"One of the most important things we do is get kids to school and get them home safely," said Hatfield.

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