McKeesport School District, bus company head to court

MCKEESPORT, Pa. — Some students in McKeesport have been stranded with no ride to school, home or to extracurriculars.

The McKeesport School District took the bus company they contract with to court on Monday saying they’ll exhaust their legal options to get kids to class.

Gary Matta, attorney for the district, said PA Coach Lines, the company which provides transportation for the district, is failing its students and their families, and they want out of the contract.

“Unfortunately we have a number of students who are not getting transportation on a regular basis,” Matta said.

Those kids are stuck at home with an excused absence or families are forced to find childcare last minute.

“We had five routes not being covered one day last week. We’re trying to work through that, trying to find new drivers,” he said.

PA Coach Lines says these are unprecedented times, drivers are tough to hire and retain, and violent incidents between kids have occurred, making the job less enticing.

But the judge says under contract the bus company promises the kids will get to school and they’re not making it there consistently.

The district reported that under the judge’s supervision they’re working through a few things with bus company and feel hopeful.

“We have an idea and hopefully we’ll have it resolved here in the next few days and we’ll be able to get transportation to our students,” Matta said.

The district is getting creative trying to come up ways to get kids to school, including firefighters stepping up and driving their own personal cars to get kids to class.