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Published September 05, 2012, 10:31 PM

Moorhead school buses running late cause parents to worry

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- Moorhead Public Schools are only two days in, and already parents are frustrated with the new school bus schedule. Busses ran up to 35 minutes late yesterday, putting parents in panic.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- Moorhead Public Schools are only two days in, and already parents are frustrated with the new school bus schedule. Busses ran up to 35 minutes late yesterday, putting parents in panic.

Suzanne Williams say it felt like forever.

Williams: "we were doing phone calls to the school trying to figure out where he was."

Williams is just one of many Moorhead parents who dealt with bus delays, wondering when her 7th grader would finally get home from Horizon Middle School.

Williams: "There was enough time for a transition. There shouldn't be so many snags as there were yesterday."

Perhaps what's most concerning to Williams, she says her son was supposed to be dropped off at 6th Avenue and 10th Street. Instead, he was dropped nearly 10 blocks away, all the way on the other side of MSUM's campus. It could have been a safety concern."

Williams: "He was very frustrated. Little kids who are 12 years old can be very frustrated and angry with it, but I'm glad he knew the way home."

Wayne Kazmierczak/Asst. Moorhead School Supt.: "Horizon was the school impacted the most this year, simply because they end last."

Moorhead Public Schools says bus delays are typical this for the first few days.

It takes people time to get used to the changes.

Kazmierczak: "The primary reason was at the elementary schools. It takes time to load little ones onto the busses and make sure they are in the right place."

Williams says like other parents, she appreciates the bus, and is all for saving the district some cash. She just wants to make sure her child gets home safely, and on time, so she won't have to worry.

Moorhead Public Schools switched class schedules this year to add an extra 15 minutes of class time, and save 400 thousand dollars with a new bus schedule.

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