C.E. Williams parents outraged over kid's bus stops in West Ashley

Published: Aug. 18, 2015 at 10:15 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2015 at 12:19 AM EDT
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WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A lot of Charleston County parents are angry about last-minute changes to their child's bus stop.

Instead of being picked up in their neighborhoods, students must find their way down busy roads, to be picked up in parking lots.

In West Ashley, this is affecting families in Springfield Farms, Canterbury Woods, homes in the area of Old Parsonage Road and Highway 61.

The parents are concerned for their kid's safety as they try to get to school at C.E. Williams Middle School.

"I think it's terrible," Elsa Moore, who has one child that goes to the middle school, said Tuesday. "I think whoever thought of this is ridiculous."

Many C.E. Williams Middle School parents are outraged about the new bus stops in West Ashley.

The stops are either the CVS off Highway 61, at the Walmart on Bees Ferry Road, or the former Church Creek Shopping Plaza.

"They want the kids to be able to walk down the road or across the road," Alison Begenann, who has one child at the school, said. "61 one hardly isn't safe."

There's limited space driving down 61. From Springfield Farms to the shopping plaza there are no sidewalks, and it's about a mile long.

"No sidewalks," Meredith, who has two children at the school, said. "It's not safe. It's unacceptable."

"Even during the day I wouldn't do it," Begenann said. "Even as an adult, I wouldn't do it, and I wouldn't expect a kid to do it."

Some parents are making other arrangements.

"I had to get out of work early to be here," Moore said. "Because I wouldn't leave her here by herself."

"The first day it damaged my car because it's a construction zone," Meredith said.

Daniel Head, a school district spokesman, said they've gotten feedback from parents, and released this statement.

It reads in part, "We monitor our bus stops and routes daily at the beginning of every school year and adjust, if possible, to better meet the needs of our students and families."

Parents meanwhile are hoping changes come soon.

"I'm ready to pull the kids and put them in West Ashley," Meredith said.

Head said the district will likely add a limited number of stops for C.E. Williams students.

This is not just a West Ashley issue.

WCSC has also heard from parents having similar issues with new bus drop off spots on James and Johns Islands as well.

Head said those stops are being addressed as well.

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