Around 40 parents and students attended the school board meeting Thursday, with those allowed to speak asking for a reconsideration of the new centralized bus stops.
Three parents addressed the board during public comments. Many remaining parents left disgruntled that the board had not yielded some floor time so more parents could speak. Some indicated their frustration with the board for not offering more feedback to parent comments.
A parents group has since organized a meeting next Tuesday, August 23, at 6:30 p.m. to be held at the Chamber of Commerce Building for discussing the issue further. Willie Prather, among organizing parents, asked that anyone concerned with the bus routes attend.
Donna Tucker, along with other residents of the Bethany Moorings subdivision, said safety is the prime concern involved with the school bus stop for that south Pickens community.
“It is a very unsafe corner with cars flying up the hill,” she told the board. “There are no streetlights or sidewalks with kids walking in the street in the dark.”
During a break in the meeting, many other parents had harsh words about the situation and about not getting a better response from the board.
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