The student will now have more than 40 minutes of walking. His parents are raising serious concerns and he is not the only student this is happening to.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A high school sophomore who depends on the school bus to get him home said he was told his stop was going.
In question, the location of the new Mary Carroll High School.
The student is no longer allowed to take the bus because he now lives within a two-mile radius of the school.
His parents are raising serious concerns and he is not the only student this is happening to.
Finding transportation is the last thing the student thought he had to worry about. His parents said they were told there was no other option to take another bus.
It may be the first week of school, but it’s the last time Vaan Yarbro gets off the bus.
“I don’t like it, it’s too far, I can’t walk there,” Yarbro said.
“It’s the only way to come back and go to school because they don’t come here anymore,” Yabro said.
The 15-year-old was looking forward to his second year at the new campus of Mary Carroll High School. However, that all changed when he was told he lived to close.
“Because it’s less than two miles,” Dan Stiefel said.
His bus stop is about a mile and a half from the new school at Wapentate and Aaron Drive.
“They didn’t send any notices to parents and just started telling kids that they’ll have to find their own way to school and home,” Yabro’s stepfather Dan Stiefel said.
He said that when they registered Yabro to attend the new school, the bus stop was advertised as remaining in the same location.
“We both work so we’re going to have to find something, he’s too young for a driver’s license,” Stiefel said.
Yabro will most likely have to walk the distance, but his parents are far from happy.
“Walking on a state road crossing two main streets,” Stiefel said.
3NEWS analyzed the distance he would have to travel to school. After leaving Carroll, Yabro will first cross a busy Saratoga Blvd. After 20 minutes in Saratoga, it will pass through the Grant Middle School neighborhood.
It will take him more than 40 minutes to get to his neighborhood.
A CCISD spokesperson sent 3NEWS the following statement,
Although CCISD continually assesses locations, areas that contain sidewalks, crosswalks at major intersections, and controlled traffic lights along the walking path are generally not eligible for exceptions.
In order to plan routes, including ensuring there is enough seating, the district asks riders to use their assigned stop.
As is the case across the state and nation, CCISD continues to experience a shortage of drivers. The municipality is looking for about forty drivers. We are happy to continue the service and are providing service to all eligible passengers. In this situation, the stop has been changed due to the new location of Mary Carroll High School. As this route is at capacity, we are unable to allow passengers who do not meet the eligibility criteria to continue driving.