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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman says the district hopes for improvements today after some students at one elementary school did not get on their buses until after 5 p.m. yesterday.

District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki says a “perfect storm” of issues on the first day of school led to the long delay for students at Town Creek Elementary School. Some students reportedly did not get home until after 6 p.m.

Under the district’s staggered schedule, the buses for Town Creek first run a route taking home students from North Brunswick High School and Leland Middle School. An hour later, they should be at Town Creek for the school’s 3:45 p.m. release time, Swencki said. But she said yesterday heavy traffic on Old Fayetteville Road in Leland caused the buses to wait at least 20 minutes to get onto the road to start their routes.

Swencki said the school district had traffic control in place on Old Fayetteville Road Tuesday to relieve the problem.

Swencki also said there were issues at the schools with verifying students’ addresses and making sure they were on the right bus to get home. She said that’s a typical issue at the start of the school year, but combined with the traffic issues to make the delays worse. Further compounding the issue was a problem with the district’s automated phone system that was supposed to let parents know of the delay.

The students at Town Creek were supervised and safe while they waited for their buses, Swencki said. She said administrators were on the phone with parents upset about the delays as late as 7 p.m.

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CoastalJade
2016 years 2 months ago

I work as well. I own my own business so I have hours from 9am to 3pm.
So I do have an advantage. Don’t complain about your plight as a mother and provider…that comes with wanting to play house and have kids.
Don’t you assume I don’t work because your schedule does not go hand in hand with mine.

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

I have paid income taxes for 27 years now. I have paid sales tax on everything I have ever purchased in my lifetime. I have paid property taxes for twenty years. I have paid taxes on phone, cable, internet, trash, electric and other services I have utilized over the past twenty years. I pay taxes at the gas pump. I believe that I have paid enough into the system that you cannot call me a freeloader.

As a citizen of this country and as a resident of Brunswick County, I have every right to complain about how the schools… Read more »

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

In addition to that, the parents that send their kids to private schools still pay the taxes that send the other kids to the government schools.

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

I am sure you meant to type Thorsen. He is the best thing on the school board that the students have going for them. And he actually cares about what the parents have to say. He is the only who disputed Pruden’s claim that the parents of Brunswick County need to be reprogrammed.

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Guest543210
2016 years 2 months ago

If the current School Board worried about the kids under their care instead of a dollar bill they would keep the schedules as traditional. Perhaps Brunswick County needs to clean house and get rid of these yahoos?

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