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Posted: 4:32 PM, Aug 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-13 18:34:40-04
Bus route solutions expected at Leon County School Board meeting

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Back to school disappointment is the feeling Tuesday for the parents of nearly 1,300 students in the school district.

We're digging into the issue impacting parents in the Big Bend as the sun sets on day two of a major bus backlash for Leon County Schools.

Jada Williams was live at Tuesday night's school board meeting where a number of parents are expected to turn out.

Here's what we know:

  • The company behind the new routing software had to rebuild the system last week, after a data file was accidentally deleted which only gave drivers Thursday and Friday to test the routes
  • The big issue the district say is lateness. Drivers are being asked to run routes that are actually longer than the time-line allotted so they are running late
  • Some special needs students were also not assigned bus stops and therefore were not picked up Monday or Tuesday

Parents are very vocal online about their disappointment and frustration with the new buses. Now, many of those parents are stepping away from the keyboard, and addressing those issues face to face with the Leon County School Board.

The Board meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Parents say they’re coming out to demand answers face to face with the people they say are responsible for the bumpy start to the school year. Monday night, Superintendent Rocky Hanna called the changes a "colossal failure."

In his teary eyed address, the superintendent accepted full responsibility and disappointment in the situation.

But for many parents, that’s not enough. They say they won’t stop until every child is safely transported to and from school and in a timely way.

The last update to bus stops was around 8 p.m. Monday night. The superintendent says they’ll continue to make changes until the wrong is righted.

Jada Williams will have more from the meeting in your news ABC 27 news at 6 and 11.