Lakota busing cuts lead to heavy traffic on first day

It was back to class today for Lakota Schools, and with all the busing cuts because of the budget shortfall, traffic was a nightmare for many parents.

More Lakota parents are having to drive this year because Lakota has officially moved to state minimums in transportation. That means all students living within two miles of school must find alternate transportation to school other than the bus. The overall cuts to busing have parents sitting in lots of traffic.

"I see the cars go in by 2:30 p.m., then the kids come out at about 3:10 p.m.," said Roopali Panse, Lakota parent. "So waiting for the kids like 40 minutes I don't think that is really worth it."

The heavy traffic doesn't bother some.

"It doesn't really matter to me because he really doesn't like to take the bus anyway," said Robert Bachman.

West Chester Police had extra patrols on the roads this morning and this afternoon to help identify any major traffic problems.

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