(KMOV) – School started on Thursday for Mehlville School District students and the newly-released bus schedule had Riverview Gardens transfer students getting to the bus stop at 5:30 a.m. For some, they won’t get home until after 5 p.m.
The Riverview Gardens District, by law, had to arrange for busing to Mehlville. Eight buses picked up students from Riverview Gardens in North County and drove them to South County.
Some high school students got on the bus at 5:35 a.m. at Glasgow Elementary and had to sit through six more stops before traveling close to 25 miles to Mehlville and Oakville High Schools.
These students were on the bus for more than hour each way.
Some elementary school kids will not be getting home until 5 p.m. The district is paying $245 per-bus-per-day to bus these transfer students.
Riverview Gardens tells News 4 parents have the choice to pick up or drop off their kids at any of the stops on the route to or from Mehlville. Those parents can also drive their kids themselves.
About 160 Riverview Gardens students are also transferring to Kirkwood, but they have a few more days of summer break as the district does not start until Tuesday.
Kirkwood Superintendent Dr. Tom Williams told News 4 the extra days area nice advantage his district has over the four others significantly involved in the transfer program.
He said while he knows not everyone in the district sees eye-to-eye on all the details, he’s adamant this it will not affect class size because the district often adds teachers up to the first day of school.