District working on tardy school buses at school

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Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 16:18 PM.

Parents at Emerald Coast Middle School expressed concerns over the delayed school buses this week to The Sun.

Kelly Josey said her daughter has been consistently 30 minutes late to school because of bus delays. While her daughter was not penalized for her tardiness, waiting for the buses has caused the single parent to report late to her job in Niceville.

"I'm about to lose my job due to consistent tardiness — this is five days in a row," she told The Sun.

ECMS Principal Charlie Marello told The Sun that the middle school has no control over bus routes and pickup/drop-off times.

Transportation coordinator for Walton County School District Jim Hicks said issues were being worked out and that parents should start to notice improvements.

"Separating the middle and high schools was a tremendous undertaking and there's still some beach traffic," he said. "We still have a shortage of bus drivers, but we made all the necessary changes and each day the window of time [delayed] will decrease."



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