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Getting kids to daycare remains an issue in Weirton

Updated: Wednesday, August 20 2014, 06:37 PM EDT
HANCOCK COUNTY, Ohio – The buses are out. Traffic has begun. Kids in Hancock County are back in school.
But getting transportation for close to 200 students has been far from easy for Weirton Transit Manager Kevin Beynon.
"We've put every bus that we have into this,” Beynon said. “Every driver that we have is out running trying to get this taken care of."
The problem began a few months ago when school officials changed the start time for all Hancock County Schools.
"When the numbers came to us it, was a nightmare,” Beynon said. “We weren't going to be able to take care of all of these different institutions."
Haller Park Daycare Center was one of those left scrambling. Weirton Transit officials met with the school district and worked it out. The daycare kids now have to wait longer for a bus to come back for them.
"It was different,” said Matt Keenan, assistant director of Heller Park Daycare. “It was a new experience for all of us."
Keenan has one more issue for three of his kids.
"I've had to transport to the middle school," Keenan said.
Weirton Transit drivers can't do it because they are already busy trying to accommodate more than 100 other kids.
That could be a bigger problem down the road for the daycare.
"As we grow, the Weirton bus can only handle so many children at a time,” Keenan said.
The school district had suggested the center purchase its own van. Keenan said he and other parents are preparing to go to Monday night’s Hancock County School Board meeting to address the busing issues.

Getting kids to daycare remains an issue in Weirton

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