Board of Education meeting over lack of buses in East Ramapo school district erupts into chaos

Hundreds of angry parents in the East Ramapo Central School District came out demanding answers about why there aren't enough buses for their kids to get to school.

News 12 Staff

Sep 14, 2021, 2:16 AM

Updated 1,039 days ago

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A Board of Education meeting in Rockland over a lack of buses for students to get to and from class erupted into chaos Monday evening in Spring Valley.
Hundreds of angry parents in the East Ramapo Central School District came out demanding answers about why there aren't enough buses for their kids to get to school.
The Board of Education limited 45 people in the meeting at one time because of COVID-19, leaving most on the outside looking in and very frustrated.
District officials say around 10% of its students don't have a bus, in part due to a nationwide bus driver shortage affecting schools across the nation.
Other parents say the buses that do come are late, delaying the start of classes and forcing parents to be late to work.
"I ask that you continue to be patient as my team and I work to rectify this problem," said the East Ramapo Central School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Clarence Ellis.
The district did not give a timeline on how quickly they could get busing for everyone but say in the meantime they're working with as many families as possible to find alternative ways to get kids to school -- a response many parents are unhappy with.


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