MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) - Parents in Union County are outraged because school officials say they can no longer afford to bus students to school.
Buses will make their last drop-offs for the school year on Monday, although there are several full days of class left before summer break.
Officials say there was a $750,000 deficit that needed to be made up somewhere. Buses are just one of the areas they chose to cut.
"There's a lot of families out here that can't get their kids back and forth to school," Jolene Robbins said.
Many parents say they won't be able to drive their students to and from school. "I'm going to try to find someone to take them for me and pay them for the rest of the school year," Robbins said.
Other parents call this change a major inconvenience. "I don't like this situation because that's how my kid gets to school. I could take her, but a lot of times my husband has the car," Jessica Barnett said.
Temporary Director of Schools Jimmy Carter says officials tried to let parents know as soon as possible. "We did call through our messenger system. Also the school sent notification," he said.
But some families felt the decision was very last minute. "We just got our notice yesterday so we just now know. We should have known two weeks ago to try to find them a way there," said grandfather Earl Munsey.
Carter says there are options for parents if they can't get their kids to school. "Although we have to take attendance by law our parents, if there is a hardship they can appeal that and we can excuse the absences," he explained.
Each school will also provide after school programs.
Students are going to school on Saturday, May 26 for a half day to pick up their report cards.