Fox 41 reported several days ago that parents are “Still heated over busing issues.”
But, the real news attached to that article may be a reader comment from Ms. Kerry Seelye.
Seelye isn’t a web mirage. She exists, I talked to her and she stands behind her comments.
And, Seelye’s comments hint that Jefferson County’s problems may be much more extensive than the popular media is reporting.
Seelye’s two grandchildren don’t go to any of the three schools – Lincoln, Chancey and King Elementary Schools – where all the problems supposedly occurred.
Seelye’s grandchildren go to Cochran Elementary School.
However, per Seelye, her grandchildren didn’t get home on day one of the new school year until 6:30 PM. Then, the next morning pickup bus was over an hour late, so the kids naturally arrived late to school. The evening of day two, the kids didn’t get home until 6:15 PM. Things didn’t run much better the following day; Seelye’s grandchildren still didn’t get home until 5:45 PM.
School lets out at 3:45, so those children from Cochran were trapped in a clearly dysfunctional busing operation for two hours after school let out even on day three.
Seelye tells me that on Friday, the kids didn’t make it to the drop-off until 5:30 PM. To put this in perspective, last year, Seelye says her grandchildren were dropped off by 4:05 PM.
Also, parents who could not get straight answers about when the bus would make the drop-off have been waiting outside in the hot weather, every day, starting at 4 PM.
Seelye’s comments about the herding (sorry, there is no kind way to describe it) the kids endured during their after school wait for the bus are also unsettling. The children were assembled in the gym and forced to sit on the hard floor, with no snacks or water allowed. Her grandchildren were expected to endure that abusive situation for an hour and a half until the bus finally showed up around 5:15.
If you are aware of similar busing issues in Jefferson County for other schools, let us know with a comment below. Post anonymously if you feel threatened, but posts with real names will carry more weight with our readers.
And, if you are a Louisville parent with children who have been treated like Ms. Seelye’s and you don’t show up at the board meeting tomorrow or at least send them a formal, written complaint, shame on you.