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Parents give Dayton Public Schools' new busing system mixed reviews

Parents give Dayton Public Schools' new busing system mixed reviews (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - After years of transportation problems, has Dayton Public Schools finally turned its issues around? Some parents believe so, others say not exactly.

With new plans and a new fleet, three months in, Dayton parent Lashanda Jones thinks it’s like night and day.

"No parents that I know have complained this year at all," she told FOX 45’s Shavon Anderson.

Last year, her son reguarly missed school, when his bus was a no-show two to three times per week.

"If the bus wasn't coming, sometimes I'd get a call around six in the morning,” she said. “The bus is supposed to be there around 6.”

FOX 45 got the same stories across the city, throughout the entire school year.

"They've been there everyday,” Jones said about this year’s schedule.

Dayton Public Schools sent FOX 45 an updated 2017-2018 transportation plan. Its main focus: performance and customer service. All calls coming in are now monitored, and the center is working on a 48-hour turnaround for requests. The department’s been restructured, and includes incentives to maintain driver staff and boost attendance.

It hasn’t been a smooth ride for everyone. FOX 45’s Shavon Anderson followed up with LaTeasa Spears, a parent who originally expressed concerns back in March. She said nothing’s changed. Her kids’ bus routes are still routinely uncovered.

With work still to do, the district has at least made headway for some parents, who never thought they’d get consistent service.

"Just knowing that I have that reliability from them, making sure he's where he's supposed to be,” Jones said.

There are some new concerns, dealing with shifted start times across the district. Families tell FOX 45 it’s been difficult to make arrangements. Several families also had their transportation cut altogether, as part of the improvement plan. The district said it’s working with those families to find alternatives.

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