Most Blount County school buses don't run Wednesday

Most Blount County school buses don't run Wednesday


6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Buses did not run in Blount County Wednesday due to budget cuts.

Officials said in October they had to suspend bus service on several days this school year, due to the cuts.

Many parents were furious bus service was cut to save money.

"It caused chaos," said parent Michelle Nodal.

More than 70 buses in the county did not run on Wednesday. Special education buses did run on schedule.    

School officials say on Wednesday 47 percent of the student body was absent. This number was similar to the first time they stopped bus service in October. That time, 48 percent of the student body was absent.

Classes were in session Wednesday and schools will be taking attendance, even though buses aren't running.

"They certainly will be excused," said Blount County school spokesperson Jane Morton. "Parents just need to send a note explaining the hardship and turn that into the principal." 

Parents 6 News spoke with hope they can find another way to cut costs.

"How do they expect them to get to school?" said Nodal. "A lot of parents don't even have cars."

The next scheduled day there will be no bus service is May 20, 2014. Originally, buses were also scheduled not to run on March 14, but funding was restored for that date at the last school board meeting.

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