School bus problems reported across Tri-County area

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Several emails and comments on the Live 5 News Facebook page about school bus issues have been sent in this week. Area schools open their doors this week, but getting to and from schools has been an issue for many parents and students.

Rhonda Erichsen's son Taylor's school year isn't off to a good start. He is a special needs student at Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville.

Erichsen said that on Monday, she got a call from his bus driver saying the bus' wheelchair lift was broken, and the bus wouldn't be able to pick him up for the rest of the week.

"This is a bad judgement case," Erichsen said.

She said she can't believe he wasn't offered an alternative.

"They would have found a different bus, a different method of transportation. I don't feel they would have left the general population stranded," Erichsen said.

Dorchester District Two has hired Durham Bus Services to handle all transportation.

This is the first year for the switch. Live 5 News left messages, but no one from Durham could be reached for comment.

Pat Raynor, a spokesperson for DD2 says they are aware one special needs bus has a broken lift, and the incident was discussed at a meeting with the superintendent.

She says it is always an adjustment period at the beginning of every school year, but student welfare is first and foremost.

"What I'd really like to see happen is an open communication between the school system and transportation," Erichsen said.

Raynor says that is their goal, especially during this transition period.

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