The Butler Area School District has now apologized for a second time regarding mix-ups involving transportation and busing for the upcoming school year.
Butler Superintendent Brian White first wrote to parents Monday apologizing for the delay in getting correct information on student transportation sent out to parents, which he blamed on “significant software issues” with the district’s transportation system and online information system.
He suggested families log onto the district’s online student information center to view their students’ correction transportation info if they hadn’t yet received a card in the mail.
However, in a second letter Tuesday, the superintendent said the problems are now bigger than first anticipated. The district is having issues establishing correct transportation routes for this coming school year.
“The issues are not limited to just the issued transportation cards,” White wrote. “They also include students being assigned to routes and bus stops that just don’t make sense. For example, some of our larger neighborhoods have multiple bus stops. The software has assigned the students all to one bus stop. In other cases the AM and PM bus stop for the student is different when no such request was made.”
The issue seems to surround a software problem. In order to correct it, an individual must review each issue and make the change by-hand.
The district says additional staffing has been brought in to work through the issues as quickly as possible.
The Butler Area School District starts a new school year on Thursday.