Bus stop concerns presented at board meeting

The Hardin County school board conducts their monthly board meeting on Thursday in Elizabethtown. Concerns with bus stops were brought to the board regarding distance and sex offenders.

Two guests came to the Hardin County Schools board meeting to discuss concerns with a bus stop.

The board was told Thursday evening two students, 14 and 12 years old, have to walk six-tenths of a mile to their bus stop in Rineyville. But that wasn’t the only concern.

“The bus stop is next to a sex offender’s house and children have to walk past the sex offender’s house to get to the bus stop,” the man said. He came to the meeting with Jeanette Hornback.

He told the board when he called about his concern around six months ago, he was told the bus driver cannot turnaround in the cul-de-sac at the 7:15 a.m. pick up because while backing out last year, the bus ended up getting stuck in someone’s yard.

However, he said the bus driver does turnaround when it picks up younger students at 6:15 a.m.

“I don’t think that’s a good enough excuse. That don’t make no sense,” the man said at the meeting. “We shouldn’t have to wait until something happens.”

John Stith, chief operations officer, talked with the visitors after they presented their concerns to the board.

With issues such as this, Stith said the school begins an investigative process with the information they are given to confirm the accuracy and then find a solution.

“It’s very rare there’s something that comes up we can’t find some sort of compromise or some way to make the situation better,” Stith said.

He said in this situation, the school will check addresses, talk to the driver and Director of Transportation Chris Corder will go out and check the stop.

Stith said a computing system is used to lay out the most efficient bus routes but said he is not sure if the location of sex offenders is factored into the system.

However, he said safety is an important concern.

Stith said the district typically tries to make sure a student doesn’t have to walk more than three-tenths of a mile to a bus stop.

“A lot times we can get this worked out fairly quickly without having to bring it in front of the board. But they certainly have the right to do that,” Stith said.

He said any parent or guardian with a concern about a bus stop can contact transportation services at 270-769-8800.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1747 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.

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