• Parents said CMS denied request to move ‘unsafe' bus stop

    By: Erin Edwards

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - There have been more than 400 requests to change Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools bus stops because parents said they are not safe. 

    In one case, a mother took a video of cars passing her child's bus over the past couple of weeks on Ardrey Kell Road.

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    Some parents said CMS will not change their children's bus stops.

    "Ultimately, we have to make sure the children are safe," the mother said.

    CMS officials said they have received 415 unsafe bus stop requests since school started in August.

    There is a message on CMS' website that reads, "At this time we are receiving a high volume of alternate stop request."

    CMS said 139 requests were approved, 152 were denied and 124 are being processed.

    "It seems like there's an overwhelming situation going on here," parent Shelby Gann said.

    Three of the requests are for Ardrey Kell Road.

    "We are so nervous that there is going to be a car accident while kids are exiting the bus," Gann said. 

    CMPD has been at that bus stop in the mornings, parents said.

    "And when police are here, it's great, but they can't be here all the time, so we still have to be vigilant," Gann said.

    Gann and another parent, Leigh Ann Ordan, asked CMS to move the stop into a nearby cul-de-sac instead.

     "They denied our unsafe bus stop request because the bus can't fit based on their measurements," Ordan said.

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    The mothers said they just want to move the stop away from the intersection. 

    "I think a six-lane intersection that is busy and on a 45 mph road should be looked at," Ordan said.

    "If CMS won't listen, we'll keep reaching up the food chain until we find someone who will," Gann said.

    Gann and Ordan said they appealed their denied request. They said they're hoping it doesn't take a child getting injured or killed for the school to see that this is a safety issue.

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