MUNCIE, Ind. — The Latest on bus problems forcing the cancellation of classes in the Muncie Community Schools (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Problems with bus transportation in the Muncie Community Schools have led administrators to cancel classes for a second day.

Superintendent Steve Baule issued a statement Thursday saying classes will be again canceled on Friday to give its new busing company, its bus route coordinator, the district’s emergency management team and state officials the weekend time to correct problems that emerged on the first day of classes.

Many parents reported buses were late picking up students Wednesday morning and some parents ended up driving their children to school. Baule says at Southside Middle School, for example, about 20 students weren’t picked up.

Baule says the problems were “unacceptable,” created an unsafe situation, “and it is paramount that we correct those issues before we resume school.”


6:28 a.m.

Problems with bus transportation on the first day of school in a central Indiana school district have prompted officials to cancel classes for a day.

Muncie Community Schools says in a statement that schools are closed Thursday as staff, the district’s new transportation company and others review transportation plans. The district apologized for the inconvenience and says it wants to ensure it avoids future problems.

Many parents reported buses were late picking up students on Wednesday morning and some parents ended up driving their children to school. Superintendent Steve Baule says at Southside Middle School, for example, about 20 students weren’t picked up as planned.

The Star Press reports the school district deployed a half a dozen mini-buses driven by security staff to pick up children who were left behind.