The principals of King and Lincoln elementary have been suspended since Wednesday due to problems with bus rides on the first day of classes. The principals were supposed to print tags for students that identified which buses they were to ride to and from school. JCPS spokesperson Lauren Roberts says the tags were either not printed on time or were incorrect, causing several hundred students to arrive home hours late. Roberts says the principals had no excuse for the problems.
“There were 17 communications since March to the principals, there were two mandatory trainings and there was an extra help session that was provided to principals,” she says. “They were provided with the guidelines, they were provided with the procedures, and in addition, we did deploy staff out to schools that needed assistance preparing their lanyards.”
Roberts says the principals have been reprimanded, and will likely be fired if there are further problems. There were also problems with the tags at Chancy Elementary but Roberts says the principal quickly corrected those mistakes. She adds that delays on bus rides after school have been reduced, and most children are now returned home before 6 pm.