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Leon County bus drivers celebrate return to old bus routes

Posted at 6:15 PM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 18:15:40-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna is correcting the bus route system that he called a "colossal failure."

It's a situation that has caused parents across the county to be outraged. Now, the district is actually giving parents what they want.

On Monday morning, students will be back to their bus routes from last school year.

It's good news to not just parents but bus drivers too.

Bus drivers say they warned the then Director of Transportation and the Superintendent Hanna that the changes would not go over well. They say they weren't given time to properly learn those routes and they knew that it would upset families.

Wednesday night, they celebrated the return of their previous routes.

"It's good to be at the school that you always drove for because you have a personal relationship with the school that you always drive for," said Aaron Bush, a Leon County bus driver. "Everything should be back to normal and going well. So we should be getting the children to school on time and safely as we always did."

The drivers also tell ABC 27 that things won't immediately pick back up.

All of the chaos with the new routes actually caused some drivers to quit. Now, they'll have to pick up the pace until more drivers can be hired.

The Superintendent also removed Manny Joanas from his role as Director of Transportation. For now, James Cole is serving in the interim position.