Kentucky’s largest school system, Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, faced significant disruptions as they implemented a new transportation system.
The disruptions resulted in the cancellation of the second and third day of classes. The overhaul, intended to address a bus driver shortage, led to chaos on the opening day, with some children remaining on buses until nearly 10 p.m.
Superintendent Marty Pollio acknowledged the situation as a “transportation disaster” and offered his apologies to students, families, bus drivers, and school officials. The district, encompassing Louisville and serving around 65,000 bus riders, decided to close schools for two days to address the issue.
The school district had enlisted the services of AlphaRoute engineering firm to create a plan that would reduce the number of bus routes and stops. Despite attempts to increase pay and minimize routes, the driver shortage persisted, causing ongoing delays for students.