JCPS says first day of school was successful


by WHAS11

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 21 at 12:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- All Jefferson County students are safe at home tonight after what the school district is calling a successful first day.

But the first day also brought the first school bus accident of the year.

Bus #1043 was involved in a hit and run at Dixie Highway and West Breckinridge Street. JCPS says a car hit the bus and took off causing minor damage to the bus.

There were 16 kids on board from Coleridge-Taylor Elementary, but no one was hurt.

There's always a lot to juggle on the first day of school.  But Superintendent Donna Hargens says neither students nor teachers wasted any time getting to what's most important.

The district put in place online databases and telephone hotlines letting people know what bus to board and check in with any concerns. But technology didn't replace boots on the ground.

But in one neighborhood, the concern wasn't which bus to board, it was having one to ride at all.

Melissa Carpenter and her daughter went to the end of the driveway and waited for bus #1281 that never came.  After about 20 minutes they went to the Westport Middle School bus depot to catch the connection bus that was supposed to drop Carpenter’s daughter at school across town.

“As we waited more and more parents started coming from our bus saying that their bus never showed up, so they were worried,” Carpenter said.

They hadn't missed their connection, but Carpenter says her daughter and dozens other students were still nearly an hour late to school because at first none of the connection buses was allowed to leave until bus #1281 arrived.

“That's a lot of time to expect a 5-year-old to wait,” Carpenter said.

But the silver lining at this point is that it appears the problems with bus #1281 seem to be isolated. The district says overall, the first day was a success