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Aug 13, 2014 7:48 PM by Valerie Ponseti

School officials remedy Youngsville bus dilemma

It's day two of the new school year in Lafayette Parish, and transportation leaders say they are still working out the kinks when it comes to getting students to and from school.
Transportation director Damon Evans says overcrowding, early and late buses and new drivers learning their routes are the common problems during the first week of school. Some bus drivers say their routes are completely full, and some students are standing or sitting on the floor because they're so overcrowded.
Parents in two new Youngsville neighborhoods had to scramble to get their kids to school on the first day because they weren't on the school board's map yet.
Evans says he believes he fixed the issue for one neighborhood, Meadow Bend, which will have bus service by the end of the week. He says he still has other neighborhoods he needs to address Wednesday afternoon.
"We're getting in touch with those parents and saying 'hey this is the driver, this is the telephone number. Please call the driver because the driver does not know, because we don't know who actually lives in that subdivision.' The one on the south side we're doing this afternoon," says Evans.
He says that the new buses are going to help with overcrowding and bus flow.


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