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Logan Co. officials to review school bus dismissal procedure

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Logan Co. officials say they've been following a similar policy for nearly 15 years. Logan Co. officials say they've been following a similar policy for nearly 15 years.
LOGAN, WV -

Day in and day out, the school buses at Logan High School follow a similar procedure at dismissal time. The first bus stops at the stop sign, then leaves. The rest roll through the intersection, disregarding the stop sign.

The method's been in place for nearly 15 years - until now, possibly. Mark Adkins, director of transportation for Logan County Schools, said complaints could prompt county officials to re-examine the dismissal policy.

"This has been the method we've been dismissing for years, and we do it for the safety of the students," Adkins said.

An individual shot cell phone video of several school buses rolling through a stop sign during dismissal.  The intersection sits between Logan High School and Logan Middle School.  Nearly 18 buses service the area daily for thousands of students, according to Adkins.  A third of the county's students attend either school.

Freshman Bethany Bryant said she saw this as recently as Wednesday morning.

"They really need to do something about it because if not, a lot of kids are going to get hurt," she said.

Another video shot during the school day shows one bus obeying the sign, stopping completely. Another bus shuttling special-needs students slowed down as a car approached, then kept rolling.

"It's dangerous for all the kids, whether they're on the bus or off the bus," said parent Kelli Bryant.

A reasonable explanation lies behind the method, Adkins said. The procession alleviates serious congestion in the LHS parking lot, granting buses the right of way before other cars leave. The director described the procedure as the safest and most expedient way to transport students.

"They're very large vehicles and in order to stop one, it takes a little bit longer time, plus we have probably 50 to 60 students on the bus," said Adkins, explaining why every bus does not stop at the intersection.

Bryant said she believes laws exist for a reason - especially in school zones where many children walk.

"If they're not going to obey the rules of the road, then they're putting a lot of people in danger," she said.

Adkins said administrators would review the method to better ensure students' safety.

"If we can see something we can improve on, we'd be happy to implement that in our dismissal procedures," he said.

In the past, a prevention resource officer directed traffic at the intersection, according to several officials. The position was cut several years ago.