‘Chaotic situation;’ DPS students transported to wrong schools on first day – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

DAYTON — Students transported to the wrong schools, late routes and lack of organization were among the complaints raised by union and other school leaders during Dayton Public School’s Board Meeting Tuesday night.

One of the speakers during the meeting, Marie Winfrey, Dayton City Bus Drivers 627 President, told school board members that there were multiple problems within the district busing system.

Winfrey told the school board that the issues are due to inconsistencies, lack of organization, communication and route changes. “We are in a chaotic situation at this time,” she said.

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“We have routes that’s going down dead-end streets again, and streets that we’re putting our children on both sides of the roads. We can’t even transport up and down those streets,” Winfrey said. “We had some go to the wrong schools due to the hub stops and the group stops. We can do better.”

Horizon Science Academy Principal Alyse Pennington spoke during the meeting about her transportation concerns.

“For the past decade, if not more, we have held a wonderful relationship with DPS and never had issues with busing. I can no longer say that that is true,” Pennington said.

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Pennington told the school board that buses are arriving up to two hours past the end of the school day.

“Just yesterday, I was at my building until five o’clock waiting on a school bus. School let out at 2:30,” Pennington said. “It is the law to transport those students within that 30-minute buffer, and at this moment Dayton Public Schools is not meeting that.”

Pennington said she would like to address “inconsistencies” within the current bus transportation system.

“Our bus routes are being changed. The parents are not being notified. The schools are not being notified. My bus drivers are coming in warning me, ‘hey, the bus might be a little empty today because I got a new route this morning and they changed it by about 30 minutes – the bus stops.’ My parents didn’t know this,” Pennington said.

She says when they call the transportation center phone line to report issues they get an automated message.

“I am asking that you help us and take immediate action with fixing the many transportation problems that we have,” she told the school board.

News Center 7 has reached out to Dayton Public Schools for comment and are awaiting a response. We will continue updating this story.

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