KINGMAN - Seven Kingman High students experienced a surreal start to their first day of school Thursday when a bus driver dropped them off at a local park instead of at school.
The Kingman Unified School District's bus route No. 14, which serves portions of the Hualapai Mountain area, was chock full of students from White Cliffs Middle School, Kingman High and Lee Williams High.
The bus driver was confused because she didn't realize she was picking up students for the two highs schools, said KUSD Superintendent Roger Jacks.
The bus driver realized there were too many people on the bus, so she decided to drop a group of Kingman High students off at Cecil Davis Park, a designated school bus stop. She alerted dispatch, which promptly sent two buses to pick up the students.
Though the KHS students who had been on the bus waited 15-20 minutes for the next bus, the two or so students who were already at the bus stop waiting for the 7:20 a.m. pickup ended up waiting roughly 40 minutes, Jacks said.
"This is not the way we want to handle transportation," Jacks said. "This was not protocol."
Effective immediately, the district changed the area's route. From now on, the route will have two buses - one for White Cliffs Middle School and another for Lee Williams High and Kingman High.
Jacks said the district plans to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and take the appropriate personnel steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.
"We're very sorry this happened," Jacks said. "Steps were taken to fix the problem."