A Lafayette Parish School System employee has been suspended of her bus driving duties after a ten year old girl was left stranded on the bus.
The fifth grade female of Edgar Martin Elementary, was found crying outside of the school bus at the Super One on Ambassador Caffery. The mother of the child, who wishes to remain anonymous, says her daughter fell asleep on the bus and missed her stop. The bus driver says a sweep was conducted after the last drop off, but the child was still missed.
"The employee missed the student after she did a complete sweep of the bus, but she did miss the student and as a result of that the employee will not be allowed to sub for 20 days due to the oversight" says Angella Morrison with the Lafayette Parish School System. The mother says a woman saw the girl and offered help; that's when she received a call around 5:10, about thirty minutes after she was expected home.
Officials with Lafayette Parish School System told news ten the number of subs qualified to operate school buses are limited, and the the driver actually holds a full time clerical position in the transportation department. Morrison says because our pool of available subs is so limited, all of our support staff in the Transportation Department are required to have a CDL so that they are able to substitute even after fulfilling their full-time office duties.
In 2013, transportation director Bill Samec, made the board aware of the limited number of available substitutes.
The request was denied.The current director, Damon Evans has also made the board aware of the need to expand the pool of available support. He plans to formalize an official request to the board.
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