KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hundreds of students unsure of how they will get to school Monday morning, but Kansas City Public Schools says it has a plan after it fired one of its bus companies. The district’s decision is making one metro parent feel a little better after a terrifying afternoon.
Nearly half of Daye Transportation’s buses failed a surprise inspection Friday morning. Kansas City Public Schools fired the company after the poor inspection report, along with pick up and drop off issues at Lincoln Prep and Kipp Endeavor Academy this week.
Friday marked the second day this week that Bobbi Wilson’s 6-year-old daughter wasn’t dropped off at home on time. Several hours passed before her daughter was dropped off by a teacher.
Wilson says she trusted the busy company to take her daughter to and from Kipp Academy, and she feels like the 6-year-old’s safety was not a concern. She called Daye transportation and spoke with the owner Friday night.
“I said, 'Do you think this is acceptable that your drivers aren’t answering with a bus load of kids?' I got silence,” Wilson said.
During the surprise inspection Friday morning, eight buses failed inspection and were pulled out of service. Inspectors found minor issues with another eight buses but determined those were safe enough to run. Only three of the company’s passed the surprise inspection. Daye Transportation did not respond to multiple calls from FOX 4.
KCPS says they do have a plan in place to get students to and from school on Monday. First Student will pick up extra routes.