Some School Bus Routes Longer Than Law Allows - WSPA.com

Some School Bus Routes Longer Than Law Allows

Posted: Updated:
The bus stop is fewer than 100 yard from Daniel Harrison's front door. The bus stop is fewer than 100 yard from Daniel Harrison's front door.
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -

The bus stop is fewer than 100 yard from Daniel Harrison's front door.  His daughter's school, the Byrnes Freshman Academy, is fewer than 8 miles from the house.  So why does his daughter ride a bus for nearly two hours each afternoon?

Harrison called Spartanburg district 5 for answers.

"(The district office said) we're doing the best we can. It's the second day of school, but don't worry about, it it's going to get better. We've heard this before," Harrison said.

7 On Your Side has investigated Harrison's routes before.  Last November, his daughter rode more than 90 minutes to a middle school just 8 miles away.  

On Tuesday, the ride from Byrnes Freshman Academy took 1 hour and 45 minutes.

"It is a long route but it is the start of the year so we ask for a little leeway and a little patience from parents," said district spokesperson Melissa Robinette.

Robinette said part of the problem may be new drivers unfamiliar with new routes at the start of the year.  

According to the SC Superintendent of Education's office, districts have until October 15th to submit final bus routes to the state.  By law those routes cannot exceed 90 minutes in length.

But some factors may be beyond a district's control.

Spartanburg district 5 has just 34 buses for 6,000 bus riders.  The bus that brings Harrison's daughter home runs three different routes each day, including one for elementary, middle and high school students.

7 On Your Side will check with each district after October 15th to make sure those bus routes follow the law.

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • One Person Dead in Pelham Road Wreck

    One Person Dead in Pelham Road Wreck

    Saturday, August 23 2014 8:28 AM EDT2014-08-23 12:28:33 GMT
    The Greenville County Coroner's Office confirms one person is dead after a wreck in the 1700 block of Pelham Road Friday night.The Greenville County Coroner's Office confirms one person is dead after a wreck in the 1700 block of Pelham Road Friday night.
    The Greenville County Coroner's Office confirms one person is dead after a wreck in the 1700 block of Pelham Road Friday night.
    The Greenville County Coroner's Office confirms one person is dead after a wreck in the 1700 block of Pelham Road Friday night.

  • Memorial For Broome Students Held Friday Night

    Memorial For Broome Students Held Friday Night

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:06:08 GMT
    Principals, students and teachers at Broome High School held a memorial service for three students who have died within the past year.
    Principals, students and teachers at Broome High School held a memorial service for three students who have died within the past year.
  • Trooper Fired After Arrest Of NFL Player In Laurens Co.

    Trooper Fired After Arrest Of NFL Player In Laurens Co.

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:26:33 GMT
    S.C. Trooper L/Cpl. R.S. Salter who arrested Greenwood Native and now NFL player Sidney "Sam" Montgomery in the Upstate for speedingi in June in Laurens County has been fired.
    S.C. Trooper L/Cpl. R.S. Salter who arrested Greenwood Native and now NFL player Sidney "Sam" Montgomery in the Upstate for speedingi in June in Laurens County has been fired.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.