JCPS suspends two principals over opening day school bus problems

Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The superintendent of the Jefferson County Public Schools has suspended two elementary school principals after several hundred students were hours late getting home because of busing problems on the first day of school.

During a press conference on August 18, Dr. Sheldon Berman announced that King Elementary principal Julia Lewis and Lincoln Elementary principal Sonya Unseld have been indefinitely suspended with pay. A third school, Chancey Elementary, also had students whose transport home was belayed. However, Berman said that Chancey principal Ronda Cosby worked diligently to correct the problems. Cosby was not suspended.

On August 17, WAVE 3 received several calls from parents whose children had not arrived home from school at the expected time and were unable to reach school officials to find out why. Some elementary students did not get home until after 9 p.m.

Berman said the district will investigate an apparent problem with a tagging system that was used to make sure students would get on the right bus to head home.

According to MetroSafe Communications, 35 calls were received on Tuesday afternoon from parents whose kids did not arrive home from school. The first calls started around 4:30 p.m., but numbers peaked between 5:20 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. Officers were dispatched to check on each of the reports.

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