The Lafayette Parish School System plans to transport more than 19,000 students on buses this year.
Amanda McElfresh

That first chance Lafayette Public School System’s transportation system had Wednesday to make a good impression on students and parents may have fizzled. 

Parents who attended a school board workshop Wednesday night delivered a litany of complaints about transportation on Day No. 1. They included poor communication, satellite stops located in remote or dangerous areas, satellite sites inconvenient to parents and myriad other situations related to individual circumstances.

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It took a single day for board members to appreciate that gifted students and English as a Second Language students should receive the same transportation as children in zoned schools. That was fixed before the workshop’s start. Good recovery.

Other problems parents cited may never be resolved to parents’ full satisfaction, especially since transportation policy changes have been effected. The system, which enrolls 30,000 students and transports 19,000, opted not to provide neighborhood pickup this year for more than 4,000 students served by their own schools-of-choice selections.

Those children must go to satellite locations for buses, a change from previous years. The board’s decision saved money, but individual parents said Wednesday it imposes hardships on them.

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Board member Erick Knezek said the system has gone beyond what was required for transporting students who choose to send children out of zone. Those…