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Wake schools report 2,175 calls of concern

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Wake County school buses rolled out for the first day of the traditional calendar Monday with some problems, but nowhere near the magnitude of what happened a year ago, the school system said.

At a news conference Monday, Wake County school spokeswoman Renee McCoy said there had been four school bus accidents Monday, which were "fender benders" with no injuries.

The school system ran 932 buses and transported 75,000 students over a total of 4,667 routes.

There were 2,175 calls of concern as of 7 p.m., which Wake considered reasonable.

*Where to call* Wake officials said if a child is more than one hour late, to call the school and the school can tell you if the bus departed and when. If the bus departed on time and the child is still one hour late, call (919) 815-3030.

The system encouraged parents who ran into problems to take the students to the bus stop five minutes early Tuesday because some buses will run early. The system said it will make adjustments as more information comes in.

Still, it was a frustrating day for many parents, and many went to the WNCN Facebook page Monday to express frustration. Parents told WNCN:

  • A bus to Apex Elementary never showed
  • A bus for Durant Road elementary and middle schools was 30 minutes late
  • A parent gave up when the bus for Oak Grove Elementary in Cary was 20 minutes late
  • A parent at Herbert Atkins Elementary in Fuquay-Varina said the bus came more than 20 minutes late.

"This is ridiculous!" one parent said.

McCoy said the majority of buses made it to school as planned. But there were areas with problems, most notable in Apex. WCPSS also saw some mechanical issues and at least two issues with traffic.

Hundreds of thousands of Triangle students who attend traditional calendar schools headed back to class Monday morning.

In Wake County, the largest district in the state, more than 150,000 students are expected this fall -- nearly 3,000 more than last year, as the district explodes with growth.

In fact, they are opening their biggest high school ever at Roseville High.

Nearly 700 new teachers will fill the classrooms as well. But the school system says they are still short some bus drivers and special education teachers.

The school bus issue has been a big one since the debacle on the first day of school last year. Those transportation issues led to the firing of Superintendent Tony Tata by a Democratic-led board.

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