Bus issues topic of discussion at Leon County Schools board meeting

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
August 13, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A contentious school board meeting was held Tuesday night as angry parents and Leon County Schools employees spoke out on the busing issues to start the school year.

At times, the conversation got heated; Superintendent Rocky Hanna says it was a good intention that went bad.

Members of the school board had tough questions for the company behind the fiasco, and parents were finally able to voice their concerns directly to the people responsible.

A senior manager for the Montana-based software company Edulog, who is responsible for setting up the bus routes, admitted that "human error" caused data to be deleted.

"What precautions did we take prior to that? Obviously, we didn't take enough because it happened," the manager said.

The manager went on to say the master plan was erased in early August, so a new route was created in haste, leaving local school children behind.

"I just gotta pray for Monday, hopefully they bring that stop back," said 10th grader Ariana Jones.

Parents want the issue fixed and Edulog out.

"I feel like the should just shut everything down, they work overtime over the weekends and make these changes," said Marlish Lightfoot. "It's just unacceptable."

"Basically, this company needs to go," added Dinorah Martinez-Diaz, a parent and teacher in the LCS system.

Martinez-Diaz says she wants to go back to the old way of doing things.

"At this point, I don't care about my job," she added. "My interest right now is my child and I'm thinking for every parent who could not be here, because I am livid."

Superintendent Hanna met with transportation officials after the school board meeting and says an announcement on moving forward will happen during a news conference on Wednesday morning at noon.

The Edulog spokesperson did not wait to hear the public comments on the matter and declined an interview with WCTV.

The spokesperson referred us to his COO, Sam Bull, who sent a statement to WCTV earlier on Tuesday.

A play-by-play of Tuesday night's meeting can be seen below.

Katie will have a full report on Eyewitness News at 11.