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Buses dropping kids off late, parents in Russell County upset

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RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Jennifer Young's two children ride the bus home from Mount Olive Elementary school in Fort Mitchell. Last school year, they would typically get to their house around 4:30 p.m. at the latest, which is about a little over an hour after school is out.

Since the new school year started, buses have been getting her children home hours behind schedule.

"As a parent with two young children, it should not take a six-year-old and an eight-year-old three hours to come home from school when the school is actually an 8-minute drive."

According to Young, parents were really angry Monday when they're kids arrived home very late.

"They get out of school at 3:15 p.m. Now, they are getting home at 6 p.m. a  quarter after, or  5:30 p.m. It's just not acceptable," said Young.

News Leader 9 caught up with Russell County Superintendent Mike Green.

He says the bus route issue is due to an increase in students moving into area neighborhoods because of BRAC or Base Realignment at Fort Benning.

"Our children did get home late. We have Mr. Freddie Long our transportation supervisor working to alleviate that problem," said Mike Green.

Green says that in a subdivision where they typically pick up about 6 students, they projected a 15 to 18 student increase but saw that number double by the time school started.

He says most of the confusion happened Monday when parents dropped their students off at school and wanted them to ride the bus home with no prior notification to the school.

"We do have solutions, we are working on that we've asked the state for some help," Mike Green 

"If they would have called and said we've had some issues your children will be late coming home then we would have known, but we know nothing," Young said.

Despite the Superintendent's solutions Jennifer Young and other parents are still concerned. They believe more could have been done to prevent this week's bus nightmare.

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