KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Public Schools announced Friday afternoon that it has ended its contract with Daye Transportation.
The bus service has seen its fair share of problems during the first week of school. The school year started this week with buses not showing up to pick up kids.
And then during a surprise inspection Friday, nearly half of Daye's fleet failed that inspection.
The inspection yielded troubling results. Eight buses were placed out of services because of maintenance issue. Another eight had minor issues, but could still run. Only three buses passed the inspection.
"It could’ve been a tire problem where there wasn’t enough tread or the tread was in serious wear. It could’ve been that one tire was flat. The stop arm may not have fully extended, it extended but not fully ," said Sgt. Bill Lowe with the Misssouri State Highway Patrol.
Daye Transportation provides services for Lincoln Prep. This entire fleet, including the eight that failed the inspection, have been used to transport students all week.
Natalie Allen with Kansas City Public Schools said that routes with Daye were reduced from 12 to eight earlier in the week. That's because buses were late picking students up from Lincoln Prep, leaving hundreds stranded.
KCPS ended ties with Daye after Friday's inspection.
Allen said she was surprised with the results but glad the inspection happened. She said KCPS is already moving forward with other transportation plans.
"We’re working with First Student who is our primary carrier anyway. They’re going to pick up some extra routes, and we will be working with Transpire who will run our routes and everything for us to make sure everything can run as smoothly as possibly Monday," she said.
In a news release Friday night, KCPS Superintendent Dedell and the Board of Education issued the following statement:
"In light of the inspections made by the transportation commission today, we have decided to break our ties with Daye Transportation. The safety of our students is the most important thing to us, and ultimately, we have to protect them. We understand this decision will affect a small percentage of our families, as we will have to make some adjustments in regard to bus times and routes. We will continue to work to minimize the impact. Ultimately, the safety and security of our students is paramount, and we are taking all precautions to ensure they are protected."