Fourth-grader riding Dayton school bus for 2 1/2 hours


DAYTON (WRGT) -- Parents are fed up with busing delays at Dayton Public Schools.

One fourth-grader waited 2 1/2 hours to get home, two days in a row.

Erionna Olinger arrived home around 5:40 p.m., just in time for dinner.

"Today the bus broke down, I'll grant ‘em that," Margo Olinger said. "Yesterday, it was 5 o'clock and the bus didn't break down."

It took 2 1/2 hours to get home and her school is three miles away.

"To me it'd be easier for me to pick her up," Olinger said.

Erionna's grandmother Margo Olinger is disabled, plus it's unsafe for the fourth-grader to walk home from the Dayton Early College Academy, a charter school getting busing from DPS.

"Something needs to be done," Olinger said.

Margo called Dayton Public Schools transportation department and got a voice message.

"You don't get a response, you get a recording," Olinger said.

She was caller number 83 and she waited a half hour before hanging up.

FOX 45 spoke to DPS. They are looking into the Olinger's problem.

"We are very aware there were bumps along the way. We are working hard to make sure they are addressed immediately," DPS spokeswoman Jill Moberley said.

"I'll bear with them for a week, but this is ridiculous," Olinger said.

If the delays get shortened, Erionna will still have a long commute. A letter from DPS says she will spend three hours on a bus daily.

"No child should have to ride the bus a half-hour to get to school in the morning or an hour and a half to get back in the evening," Olinger said.

DPS says phone lines will be busy this week. So if you have a problem with busing, leave a message and they'll do their best to get back to you.

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