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Superintendent addresses school bus battle

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A day-care bus was the only bus rolling past Idlewild Elementary School as children dismissed on their first day back.

Parent Kimberly Fulton was among hundreds, if not thousands, across the district receiving bad news before the bell rang.

"I was told the bus wasn't coming anymore," Fulton told us.

She has three children who attend this school and a job she normally doesn't leave until after 6:00 PM.

"I'm trying to see if I can pay somebody to come get my kids, and I have five children in all," said Fulton.

The school district blames a tight budget for its decision to cut 200 bus routes.  The measure requires kids who live within two miles of a school to walk.  It leaves parents concerned about getting their children safely to and from school.

"Will it inconvenience some of our customers? Yes," Supt. Kriner Cash said during a Monday night board meeting.

The bus battle was not up for discussion during the board work session.  However, it was on the minds of some in the audience as well as Cash.

"But, overall, in a 200 school system, we are down to a handful of issues that will be resolved each day," Cash said.

Cash already plans to restore bus routes in the Cordova and Ridgeway areas.  But so far, there's no relief for parents like Kimberly Fulton.

"It's changing my life," she told us.  "I don't know how they're going to get here tomorrow," she added.

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