Rome parents say they're frustrated over busing issues and lack of communication from district

Some Rome parents say they've been dealing with a number of issues with their children's busing to and from school this first week of classes and say they aren't able to reach anyone at the district to ask questions or voice their concerns.

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 6:08 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2021 8:56 AM

Rome, N.Y. - Four days into the new school year, frustrations among many Rome parents are growing.

Rome parents frustrations growing over busing issues

They say the busing issues they've been dealing with this week aren't getting any better and they say they aren't getting calls back from the district about their concerns.

We've had a number of parents contact us at News Channel 2.

Some say their kids aren't being picked up at all, so they've have to walk to school all week.

Another parent says their child spent 2 1/2 hours on a bus to get home after school, and because of the heat lately, they have come home all sweaty and wet.

We reached out to Rome Schools Superintendent Peter Blake several times on Thursday to discuss the parents complaints, concerns, and frustrations but we were told he was unavailable.

The district is dealing with a brand new bus company which is short bus drivers, as well as the task of moving students from Staley Elementary School, which flooded out last month and cannot be used, into different elementary schools.

Some parents we talked with on Thursday say they have sympathy for what the district is going through, while others say this whole busing process should've been sorted out better before the school year began.

David Managno says his child in elementary school hasn't had many issues with busing this week, but the bus for his child who is in middle school hasn't come at all this week, so he's walked to school each day.

Managno and his wife have been trying to contact the district to find out why the bus hasn't been showing up, but they say they have had to leave voice mails, and have not received a single return call.

Tina Rienzo was picking up her granddaughter from Gansevoort Elementary Thursday afternoon.

She says her grandson takes the bus from Strough Middle School and has gotten home between 4:30 and 4:45 each day, "He’s tired when he comes home, very tired, it’s around dinner time so it’s eat dinner, get a snack, go to bed. So it’s a long day."

According to the School Board’s website there is a Special Board Meeting set for next Monday, September 20th at 6:00 P.M., and there may be some disgruntled parents that may show up for that.

We aren't sure whether the public is invited to that special meeting. As soon as we find out, we will pass that information along.

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