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Bus service at Lincoln Prep much improved Wednesday

Looks like bus problems at Lincoln Prep in the Kansas City school district have mostly been fixed.

“Things went phenomenally well this morning,” Natalie Allen, district spokeswoman said Wednesday.

School officials report that Lincoln saw only minor delays in bus service with just two buses showing up late. Two drivers for Daye Transportation, which is contracted by the district to handle bus transportation for Lincoln Prep, called in sick.

Those routes were then picked up by First Student, a second bus company, which handles routes for most of the district’s other schools. Allen said 95 percent of Lincoln Prep’s students made it to school before the first-period class bell at 7:20 a.m.

Late buses disrupted the first two days of school at Lincoln Prep with some students as much as an hour late because of the problem. Many other students were driven to school by parents, when at least eight buses did not show up on Monday, the first day of school.

Even the district’s new superintendent Mark Bedell had to drive his two children who attend Lincoln Prep to school when their bus did not show up.

Allen said it’s normal to have “a few hiccups,” the first week or two of classes, “But we don’t want consistent problems at any one school,” she said.

District officials did not say what caused the delays on Monday and Tuesday but several meetings were held on both days with the bus companies and school officials got promises that the bus problem would be solved.

“We are happy with the progress that has been made,” Allen said. “But we are still monitoring heavily how things are going.”

Mará Rose Williams: 816-234-4419, @marawilliamskc

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