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Harris Co. parents complain about school bus stops

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - At Thursday's school board meeting, some Harris County parents demanded school buses drop off and pick up their children at their homes. 

"We pay as much taxes as anybody and why can't our kids be picked up in front our houses," says one parents.

"My eight year-old fell in the middle of Highway 315 and had a bloody arm," says Kathy Thomas.

These parents add this school year their children's school bus stops are unsafe.

"The road where my daughter gets off is on Highway 85 and it's a 55mph speed zone. There is a registered sex offender that lives a mile and a half from my driveway," said Amanda Denure.

Thursday evening parents took those concerns to the school board.

School officials say with this year's extreme budget cuts, the district had to make the bus routes shorter.

"Picking up that time you get, we were able to get students to all of our schools on time at the same cost as last year. And we've saved a $100,000," said Superintendent Dr. Craig Dowling.

Superintendent Dowling says the district won't compromise safety and has already taken some of the complaints into consideration and made changes.

Still, some parents want the bus stop in front of their homes.

"We won't compromise safety but its due to cuts. In the past we picked up kids from door to door when we could afford it, and right now in this economy, door to door pick up will be hard to do," says Dowling.

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