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JCPS officials say drop off times improved on first day back

Ahead of the school year six JCPS bus depots were eliminated in an effort to get student home faster. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Ahead of the school year six JCPS bus depots were eliminated in an effort to get student home faster. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The first day of the 2014-2015 school year is in the books for Jefferson County Public School students and officials are calling it a success.

It was an earlier start for thousands of families Wednesday as 100,000 students made their way back to school, 70,000 of them riding on buses.

Thousands of other students were picked up from school. Some parents who picked up their children at Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School were impressed with the system school officials created to streamline the process. Students are assigned a number which is also displayed through the windshield of parents' cars.

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"They are on it from the intercom to the organization, phenomenal," said parent Gary Friedman.

The system also worked for the father of a student who was about to ride the bus with her brother instead of heading to ballet class.

"They promptly found her and got her here. They did really well," her father Roger Wright said.

But things didn't run smoothly for all parents. One mother said, whose daughter who attends Shelby Traditional School, said her child was late getting to school because the bus did not pick her up. She also said her daughter did not return home until two hours after school had let out.

By 6 p.m. Wednesday the bus depot was full. According to JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey, the last student was dropped off at 6:35 p.m., an improvement of 20 minutes compared to the previous year.

Ahead of the school year six JCPS bus depots were eliminated in an effort to get student home faster.

Jackey says they expect to improve the time students arrive home each day for the next couple of weeks.

JCPS does have a hot line set up for parents looking for information about school bus pick-up and drop-off times.

The Transportation Hotline number is (502) 485-RIDE (7433) and is open during the following times:

  • Sun., Aug. 10, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Mon., Aug. 11, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tues., Aug. 12, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wed., Aug. 13, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thurs., Aug. 14, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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