Slick roads make for long bus rides

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX - Slick roads caused plenty of accidents Thursday, many involving cars, some even involving school buses. Mystic Matthews has the details.

The roads have cleared up considerably since school let out Thursday afternoon. Both Sherman and Denison ISD transportation officials say bus rides home were lengthy ones, but thankfully all the kids made it home safely.

Snow started falling at noon on Thursday and by the time buses began to bring kids home, many roads were already impassable.

Roger Napier, a bus driver with Denison ISD says, “Routes were taken 2 1/2 to 3 hours because of the weather. Traffic was bad, along with the snow and all the hills in Denison.”

Two Denison ISD buses got stuck, one on Walker and 7th and one near Cross Timber Estates Drive and Mountain Creek Drive, east of Denison. No children were stranded when the bus got stuck, but Napier says it will have to stay there until they can get a wrecker. “If the bus stays stuck, we'll probably come out here Friday morning when it’s cleared off and get the bus out.”

Sherman Transportation Director Randy Reddell says no SISD buses had accidents, but a few did slide off the pavement. Dale LaFoy says his child was on a special needs bus that got stuck in his driveway. “Its kind of scary watching it slide into the ditch. It’s nobody's fault. The ice and everything just carried it when he tried to make the turn into the driveway.”

LaFoy says a man with a bulldozer saw it on First News at Six and headed out to help. “He said I'm 15 minutes away. He came out in a big front end loader, pulled the bus out of the ditch and got the bus to the house. We had a handicapped child that couldn't get off. So he'd been sitting on the bus all that time.”

LaFoy says even though the bus was stuck in his drive for an hour and a half, he didn't mind because the kids were not hurt.

Even though some kids didn't make it home until 6:00pm, transportation officials say they all got home safely. “Safety of the kids is priority number one. We get them home always, no matter how long it takes. Parents call and we tell them we'll be there as soon as we can.”

Friday morning's bus routes could be just as bad if the roads freeze overnight. So Denison's transportation manager says he will be out at 3:00am checking the roads to see if it’s safe for buses to drive.

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  • by Kenda Location: Whitesbor on Mar 10, 2008 at 02:22 PM
    I totally understand that the schools dont want to put kids on a bus and send them home when they dont know if anyone is there to be with the kids but I really feel that they waited a little to late to dismiss. I left Gainesville at 1:15 because Whitesboro let out at 1:30 and we did not make it to Whitesboro until 3:15 so my daughter along with several other students had to sit in the office until someone could get there. I understand the school funding issues but my child is and will always be more important than money.
  • by Anonymous Location: Howe on Mar 8, 2008 at 12:28 PM
    Elizabeth, we as parents need to take charge and use our own judgement if this ever happens again, they should have let these kids go at 12:00pm instead of waiting too late
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2008 at 06:07 PM
    Yes all school is about any more is money because all the children are learning is how to sell things not math, reading are anything else. My children are bringing thing home to sell. That is why most of your children have to go to summer schools. Money, money, money that is all it is about not education.
  • by Me Location: Denison on Mar 7, 2008 at 10:53 AM
    ANONYMOUS: looks like I'm not the only one that feels this way. Sounds like you must be one with the schools that is getting paid all the money. and (SMITH) if you are there to educate the children how come there are so many can't subtract .59 from $1.00?
  • by Elizabeth Location: Sherman on Mar 7, 2008 at 10:15 AM
    I went to pick my daughter up from school yesterday even though nobody called to let me know she was going to be released early.I wasn't going to let her stay any longer when I realized just how bad the roads were.I was up at 6:00 this morning trying to find out if she was supposed to go to school or not.I took one look at the road in front of my house and decided not.Yes, I believe the educators do try to keep our children's best interest in mind, but they don't always make the best decisions.I had other parents coming over to see if I had heard anything about the school buses.They knew the school had been closed at 2p.m. and didn't know where their children were.It might have been nice for them to know that their children would be left sitting at the school until 4:15 in the afternoon if they weren't picked up by a parent.Snow is just something this town is not set up for. Our educators don't deal with it very often so they are not as prepared or organized as they should be.
  • by Steve Location: Denison on Mar 7, 2008 at 09:37 AM
    For the Denison school district It's all about the money and the power to control....I'm sure they didn't want the kids to get hurt so when the sleet and snow started a little before noon and the weather radar showed a massive storm heading our way along with the winter storm warnings they waited well over 2 hours before releasing at 2:30. Then after watching 7" of snow fall and seeing numerous accidents, delays and stranded motorists all over town I made a stupid assumption that school would be closed on Friday. One by One schools closed---well except for the two most ridiculous towns outside of Colbert (Pottsboro/Denison). To my surprise classes in good ole Denison are on at 10AM and if your kids are not there it will be an unexcused absence. I hope that not even one student showed up so we can all tell them the same thing----kiss my a--! It's a snow day and a hopefully a learning day for the school district. On a side note get out of Denison as fast as you can--nothing happening here
  • by John Location: Denison on Mar 7, 2008 at 09:35 AM
    Umm...the roads aren't that bad! By 9:30 most of the roads that I take to take my child to school and go to work were clear. With the exception of several morons who don't know how to drive anyway, there is no problem on the road.
  • by Smith Location: McKinney on Mar 7, 2008 at 09:15 AM
    As an educator our school did not release early. It is VERY difficult to release early. What about the kids that have no one to let them in the house, no one to pick them up at the bus stop, etc. Some parents can't just drop everything to come get their kids early, or they were stuck in traffic as well. It is always a difficult decision if we should close or remain open. No, it is NOT all about the money. We are here to educate children! Yes, we would lose the money now, but make it up on the make up day. So, educators do think of the children, and always have kids best interest at heart!
  • by puzzled 'n pottsboro Location: pottsboro on Mar 7, 2008 at 08:18 AM
    Please tell me this decision to send Pottsboro and Denison kids to school is not money related. I sent my kids to school today only to find later that the census is not even high enough to keep the kids at school. When are these school "leaders" going to learn that these parents do care what happens to the kids? I'm ashamed of myself now for letting them go to school but I'm even more ashamed of the Pottsboro Super for putting me and my children in this position.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2008 at 08:14 AM
    me you're a moron!!
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