Fewer students riding buses after cuts

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CORDOVA, TN (WMC-TV) - The first day of school at Cordova High was not without controversy.  Many parents and students remained upset after Memphis City Schools' new bus policy eliminated many district bus routes.

"They need to put the bus routes back in," parent Heather Conry said. "A lot of these kids don't have a safe way to walk."

Roughly 10,000 students have been left looking for alternate routes to school after MCS canceled 40 percent of their bus routes because of huge budget cuts.

"Its awful, because sometimes I can't...drive him all the time," parent Hanna Selah added.

District officials say the bus route cuts are part of some much needed belt tightening.  However, some parents are upset because they found out less than a week before school started.

For many parents, this issue is about more than just bus cancellations.  Many parents said they are especially concerned about the dangers students will face.

First, there's all that traffic students have to deal with.

"(There's) no sidewalks in some of the areas, and they have to walk out in traffic." Conry said.

Then, there's the weather. While some parents are hopeful the canceled bus routes will re-open, the school district indicated in this economy, that is not likely.

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