With class now in session in Central Illinois, parents are making sure their kids get to school safely and on time.
Focusing on Unit 5 School District, school board members are trying to avoid last year’s busing problems.
Working with the busing company, First Student, the district wants to reduce overcrowding and tardiness.
So far this year, over 140 drivers are prepared to take students to school.
Overcrowding concerns were also addressed.
First Students says additional staff and buses will be available when needed.
So far, parents are overall happy with the busing system.
However, there are some things that still need to be worked out.
One mom says that a bus arrived 15 minutes late to pick up her child.
The district promises to keep a close eye on transportation and will continue to make adjustments where needed.
Shifting gears… there is a new trail allows students who live in The Grove subdivision to walk to Benjamin Elementary School.
Previously, the only route was on a road where cars sped past at around 45 mph.
Wanting to keep their kids safe, parents are happy the path is available.
However, WMBD spoke with some moms from the neighborhood who say they still wish buses could take their kids to school.
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