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Parents complain about overcrowding on a Berkeley County School bus

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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC – A Group of mothers claim their community school bus is overcrowded with more than three students to a school bus seat. However, the district says administrators would not permit it but do recognize buses are full to capacity.

Moms from the Tanner Plantation say buses from Hanahan Elementary and Hanahan Middle school are crammed with students because the district has not added an additional bus.

"From what my daughter tells me her butt is not on the seat. She's hanging on by the front seat when there are four kids in the seat. When she's hanging on to the top seat in front of her the bus driver is telling her to sit down," said Tammy Sakalas.

The school district assures parents that safety is their top priority and has addressed the overcrowding problem by removing a stop along the Hanahan middle school bus route.

School officials also urge parents to speak up by calling the district. Officials said the overcrowding is due to the large need for bus drivers, which they add is a problem statewide.

Also, the district says Hanahan's population is burgeoning, which the district adds has its benefits and disadvantages. Currently, the district is trying to get a new elementary school built in the Tanner Plantation/Foster Creek area.

"It's critical that the City of Hanahan hears from the residents of Hanahan that they want this new school," said the district's communication director, Amy Kovach. "Parents need to be heard to alleviate the overcrowding situation, as well as improve the safety of their students."

 

The school district is hoping that Hanahan's city council approves a rezoning classification to move forward with plans for a new elementary school.

 

The district also recognizes that they have experienced numerous breakdowns and needs new school buses.

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