Why is little Amari’s school bus always running so late, neighbor wants to know

Posted at 12:29 AM, Nov 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-19 14:47:41-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Richmond woman said the bus that picks up children in her neighborhood has been consistently late since school started more than two months ago. Barbara Price, who brings six-year-old Amari to the school bus stop each morning, said the situation is not getting any better.

"It's very, very frustrating," Price said. "They need to get to school on time, because that's the beginning of the school day."

Price said to her knowledge, the bus was supposed to arrive at 8:33 a.m. each morning. But too often, she said, it does not come until 9 a.m or later. She said she then has to drive her neighbor Amari to Broad Rock Elementary School.

Price said after she reached out to her area's school board member, Derik Jones, about the issue and did not receive a response, she contacted CBS 6 Problem Solvers for help. She said it was after CBS 6 called Jones to ask about the late bus that she finally heard back from Jones' office Wednesday.

Jones told CBS 6 his office had been in contact with Price. He said they contacted her once last week and again Wednesday and were working on her issue. A Richmond Schools spokeswoman said she believed the bus schedule was adjusted earlier this week.

"We can give a little leverage, you can be a little early or a little late but not a half an hour," Price said.

Richmond Schools were expected to have more information on the incident on Thursday.