Metro parents express safety concerns following bus company’s failed inspections

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Parents in a metro school system are expressing their safety concerns about Daye Transportation Services.

On Friday, Kansas City Public Schools ended its contract with the bus company after many Daye buses failed a surprise inspection.  Following the failed inspections, several KIPP Endeavor Academy parents have safety concerns of their own.

Parent Jamila Mitchell definitely heard about the shocking inspection.

“The overall safety of the kids, making sure they get to school and they get home safely, that`s my biggest concern,” she said.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, nearly half of school buses at Daye Transportation were pulled off the streets late last week because of “serious violations that could endanger the safety of children riding those buses.”

Violations included problems with stop arms, emergency back doors and low tread on tires. Only three of the company`s 19 buses fully passed inspection.

“That`s not fair to the kids. It`s not fair to the parents,” said Mitchell.

The mom’s two boys don`t ride their Daye bus to Kipp, but still, Mitchell is on alert now.

KCPS immediately cut its ties with Daye Transportation following the bus company`s failing grade in bus safety. Parents FOX 4 talked to stopped short of saying KIPP should do the same.

“If there`s a problem with the buses yeah, they should take a look at it,” said parent Daniel Orozco.

Haley Bowman, a spokesperson for KIPP, says as of Monday the Kansas City charter school is still using Daye Transportation to get many of its middle-schoolers to and from school.

In a statement, Bowman says in part: “we have been disappointed to face many of the same transportation issues experienced by other area schools.”

Bowman adds: “we will not be satisfied until all of our students and families are receiving the same high-quality bus transportation service they deserve.”

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