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Late CMS buses still an issue for some parents

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Three weeks into the new school year and parents say Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) buses are still running late. Floyd Little said his kids' bus to Mallard Creek High is always late.

"They are supposed to be picked up at 6:15," Little said. "Each of the kids go to the bus stop and they are not being picked up until 7 o'clock."

Class starts at 7:15 a.m. at the high school, and Little's children have to stop by the main office before going to class. 

"When they get to school they have to get a pass so they can get to class," the father said. "Anytime you are tardy to a class you are going to miss something."

CMS sent WBTV a statement regarding late buses. 

"Over-all there are still some challenges in some of our CMS Transportation areas," the district said. "There are many improvements since the first day of school in many CMS Transportation zones. The district has seen most improvements in the morning arrival schedules."

"I would have to say I disagree with that," Little said. "I have not seen any improvement."

The afternoon bus schedule is a concern for CMS parent Shauna Morris. Her daughter is supposed to be dropped off at 5:24 p.m.

"She is getting home somewhere between I would say 5:50 to 6:25 every night," she said.

Morris said this has happened almost everyday since school started.

"I am very frustrated, because it gets into dinner time. It gets into extra-curricular. She's doing her homework late, late at night and she is very tired in the morning," Morris said.

CMS wants parents to be patient. The district also wants to remind parents this is only week three of the new school year.

"I think by now you should have your bus drivers staffed," Little said. "You should be able to get kids to and from school on time."

CMS still has a bus driver shortage. The district still needs 80 drivers.

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