Bus relief for some students in Northwood but problems could continue until Thanksgiving
NORTHWOOD — Coe Brown Academy's students again have bus transportation to and from school after months of controversy.
Since freshman orientation on Aug. 18, Northwood students had to figure out their own means of getting to and from school because of a district-wide bus driver shortage.
Starting Wednesday morning, bus routes were re-established after the district hired back one bus driver and rented a second bus.
However, the town's elementary school remains on a delayed schedule because drivers form other districts have been lending a hand to get kids to school. As of now, classes at Northwood School are running from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
This has caused some issues for students who take part in after school activities like dance or music lessons.
Simon Hales, co-owner of Ballet North in Epsom, said Northwood students haven't been able to attend their lessons because of the schedule change.
"So we have probably about 25 or 30 kids that can't make classes that were scheduled for them to be in," Hales said. "Right now, we are redesigning our schedule for early morning classes. We have our teachers who teach until late at night starting at 8 o'clock in the morning after working until 9 o'clock the night before to be able to accommodate the Northwood kids."
District officials said they hope to have all of the busing issues resolved by Thanksgiving break.