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Wet road conditions leave 4 Laurens Co. kids without bus ride to school

A Laurens Co. family was left without bus transportation to school Thursday morning, a day after WGXA told you how their muddy road -- due to rain -- was causing problems for cars and buses/Danielle Apolinar (WGXA)

LAURENS CO., Ga. -- A Laurens Co. family was left without bus transportation to school Thursday morning, a day after WGXA told you how their muddy road -- due to rain -- was causing problems for cars and buses.

Laurens Co. Schools Superintendent Dan Brigman called it a communication issue and apologized for any inconvenience to the family.

The Holliman's live on Stanley Cemetery Road in Laurens Couny. County crews told WGXA Wednesday they have been working tirelessly to smooth out the dirt road and lay down dry dirt and sand.

Patricia Holliman said Wednesday the rain made it almost impossible for the school bus to pick up and drop off her grandchildren at her home.

Thursday morning, WGXA joined Patricia and her five grandkids at the home as they waited for the bus to arrive at 7:05 a.m.

At about 7:15 a.m., the group heard a bus at the front of the road. Patricia took one child who goes on that separate bus to the front of the road in her car.

The other four kids continued to wait for their bus until 7:30 a.m. However, that bus never arrived, and Patricia had to drive the four kids to their two separate schools.

Patricia is upset no one from the county told her the bus wouldn't arrive -- and also that the schools didn't make plans to deal with the muddy road.

"I'm a taxpayer and I'm paying to have that bus pick my child up," Patricia said.

Afterwards, Brigman told WGXA the situation was a communication issue and the schools did not receive any complaints. He added he hopes the transportation department can communicate with school board personnel and other county stakeholders regarding any safety or altered bus routes.

"It's up to our bus drivers to respond to hazardous driving conditions and use their best judgement," Brigman said.







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