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No-show buses strand Buffalo high school students

NFTA buses that were supposed to pick up Buffalo high school students throughout the city on Monday didn't show up, leaving kids to make their own way to a local bus stop, to call for a ride from family and friends, or in at least one case, to make their way home on foot.

Here's one parent's angry take:

"I am a parent of a 9th grader who had to walk home yesterday because the NFTA buses that are supposed to pick up students in grades 9-12 at the end of the school day from various schools - Olmsted, Hutch Tech, City Honors - never showed up. For the schools that draw their students from all over the city - this was a huge problem. It was one of the few days that neither I, nor my husband, could swing by and take her home.

We were not told why this happened and received no communication from the district about it - only the principal of my daughter's school was courteous enough to contact parents about what had occurred. Regents exams begin today and, obviously, no one told NFTA that yesterday was a regular day of attendance for high school students.

It would be interesting to know where the breakdown in communication occurred."

I asked the district about this yesterday. Below is the response Interim Superintendent Will Keresztes sent out to all board members today:

"On Monday, June 16, due to a miscommunication between the district and the NFTA, special buses were not deployed to high schools for dismissal.  NFTA mistakenly received information that Regents week started Monday when, in fact, it started Tuesday.  During Regents week these special dismissal buses are not deployed.  In this case, the majority of our high schoolers were effected.

Although, students used their bus passes to attain a bus ride home from stops near their schools, I have been informed of one incident in which a student walked home.  I will be calling the home today to apologize. 

I appreciate the swift response from our transportation department in addressing the situation with the NFTA and am sure that the situation will not repeat itself in the future."

-- Sandra Tan

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Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

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Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

@BNschoolzone | stan@buffnews.com


Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

@DeidreWilliamsB | dswilliams@buffnews.com

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