Chatham County School Bus Blues

The first week of school is here; you have the new clothes, new supplies and for Chatham County Public Schools students, new buses.

On Thursday, some of them were right on time, others… not so much.

Alisha Guitreau’s daughter gets out of school at Stem Academy just before 3.

“I expected it to take about 50 minutes based on the morning schedule,” said Guitreau “I expected her to be home about 4 o’clock and the bus did not get home until 5:32 [p.m.].”

That’s more than 2.5 hours on a school bus with no AC and no bathroom, not to mention, Guitreau’s daughter didn’t have her cell phone with her, so they had no way of getting in contact with her.

MV Reliant Vice President of Business Development Robert Hatchett responded to a lot of the criticism on Thursday by saying this was just day one but he admits some mistakes were made.

“We are absolutely committed to providing the service we were brought in to do,” said Hatchett. “Going forward our expectation is that with each session, each day we’re going to improve.”

Guitreau is hopeful that is the case, but wants to see results – soon.

“I expect that there’s going to be problems the first day, there always is,” she said. “But hopefully they can work them out quickly.”

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