Municipal school districts have not signed bus contract

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — The six municipal school districts are facing big problems, and school has not even begun yet.

Many of the issues are being blamed for Shelby County Schools taking forever to hand over student information.

School starts in two weeks, and none of the six municipalities have signed their school bus contracts, leaving some parents wondering if they’ll get it together in time.

“We’ve been doing our summer reading, we’ve been doing our math facts, we’ve been trying to do something educational everyday,” Todd Allen said.

Parents like Allen prepared all summer long for the upcoming school year and all of the changes that come along with the launch of the new school districts.

Hundreds of parents rely on buses to get their kids to and from school, but their rides on Durham buses may be in jeopardy this year.

“You’re going to have some tweaking to do each year and you’re going to have some mistakes, you’re going to have some loops,” Collierville Schools Superintendent John Aitken said.

Aitken, who also served as superintendent for Shelby County Schools, knows about past problems.

However, those problems were when there was just one district instead of six.

“Well there’s some unassigned routes particularly because we don’t know, you know, there may be new kids who have been moved in through the summer,” Aitken said.

Aitken added most of the routes are set, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

He also blames Shelby County Schools for dragging its feet in getting information handed over to Germantown, Collierville, Arlington, Millington, Lakeland, and Bartlett.

“Our student management system, which drives everything…bus routes are through there because that’s where the address is, your contact information. That goes for all facets of what we do,” Aitken said.

With time running out, parents just want things to run smoothly come day one of the new school year.

“I just ask the parents to ask for their patience and give us a chance were going to be responsive,” Aitken said.

Most of the districts begin registration next week, and classes start August 4th.

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