Mom says pre-K daughter can’t ride school bus

Posted on September 3, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Faith Bostic says that her daughter, Jordan, can’t ride a school bus to her pre-kindergarten class at a local elementary school.

A school bus passes the Bostics’ home, but it only stops for Head Start students, and the Bostics make too much money to qualify for the federally subsidized preschool program, the Charleston Daily Mail reports.

George Beckett, transportation director for Kanawha County Schools, says Bostic’s daughter can ride the bus as long as there's room and she catches it at an already-established Head Start stop. Otherwise, the county can't afford to offer all of its pre-kindergarten students school bus transportation.

Transportation for Head Start students is mostly funded by federal dollars, but the county still ends up paying about $150,000 a year, according to the Charleston Daily Mail.

Bostic told the newspaper that her son was able to ride the bus when he was in pre-kindergarten because a Head Start student lived next door. Therefore, she does not think it would be a problem for the bus to pick up her daughter.

However, Beckett said that he can’t make an exception for just one student because then he would have to make exceptions for others.

Related Topics: Head Start

Comments ( 1 )
  • Thisha

     | about 5 years ago

    I just found this out this morning.When we waited on the bus just to be told she couldn't unless the other little girl showed up at the stop which she didn't.So my little girl cried all the way to school and then was told that she could come in the the class till the buses unloaded.I just don't get it I mean I was told why but still if the busses are going to run why not pick up all the kids.What is this teaching our children.I didn't want her to ride the bus this year anyway I am more then happy to take her when I go to Work.She wanted to ride and had her heart broke.All they told me to tell her when she was upset about it was to tell her she can ride next year.Yea,try telling that to a 4 year old!!!

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