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JPS parents discuss bus driver strike, hope for solution soon

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Parents hope district officials will listen to the drivers and work together so they'll get back behind the wheel. Parents hope district officials will listen to the drivers and work together so they'll get back behind the wheel.
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Jackson school parking lots were busy Wednesday afternoon, not with bus traffic, but with vehicle traffic. With some JPS bus drivers striking, some parents had to drop off and pick up their students.

Jason Tennon works overnight and says he sleeps during the day. Most days, he relies on the school bus to take his daughter to school. Not Wednesday.

"I have to break my schedule to come take my daughter to school, then try to go back home, get some sleep, then come back out and pick her up," says Tennon.

Tennon says he doesn't mind, especially when the weather is nice. But for some parents, it's a real inconvenience.

"It's kind of hard on parents," he says. "Some have cars, some don't. They have to either carpool, walk."

"I hope that they work it out," says Vinson Ballard, who was also picking up his student from school Thursday afternoon. "They are some wonderful people. Our experience has been that they've been doing a wonderful job."

Parents hope district officials will listen to the drivers and work together so they'll get back behind the wheel.

"Everybody should be brought to the table, and they should listen and hear what they're trying to say," says Ballard. "I think they could probably come up with a very, very good pay scale then."

Some drivers say unless they hear from JPS officials Wednesday night, their buses will remain parked Thursday.

JPS released this statement to News Channel 12 Wednesday evening: "The Jackson Public School District is very thankful for parents taking the necessary measures to bring students to school today due to the interruption in transportation services. All students who are absent or arrive late because of transportation issues will be excused. We are also grateful for the many bus drivers who did report to work this morning and afternoon.

The District asks local employers to please be understanding to parents who may be delayed to work because of transporting their children to and from school.

JPS has advised parents of the possibility of more delays in the coming days. Jackson Public Schools is working aggressively to resolve the issues with our bus drivers and hopes to identify a solution soon that will have a lesser impact on parents getting students to and from school daily."

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