Hutto ISD bus issues causing delays resolved, officials say

Hutto ISD representatives say they have resolved issues with the district's school bus system that caused delays during the first weeks of school.

At the beginning of the school year the district was still in need of six bus drivers, and the shortage, coupled with an influx of around 400 additional students for the 2015-16 school year, was at the root of the delays, HISD Transportation Director Dennis Bigbee said. HISD board member Kelly Farmer said in a public meeting that she she had to call the district several times when her child's bus did not arrive on time during the start of the school year. Bigbee said there were complaints from other parents.

HISD has since hired five drivers and officials say the school buses are now running on time.

"We were able to recruit drivers from some neighboring districts because they heard things about our great transportation department," HISD Public Information Officer Todd Robison said.

With a student population that is more than 6,000 and growing, Deputy Superintendent Ed Ramos said there are bound to be a few minor issues during the start of the school year.

“You have new students, new drivers learning the bus stops. The first week is always [challenging]," he said. "But our goal is to correct it within the first week.”