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Central Dauphin board denies bus drivers' claims of overcrowding

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Bus drivers in the Central Dauphin School District say there is overcrowding on buses in the district.

The school board denies that claim.

In the beginning of the school year, abc27 News received reports from parents in the district that some kids were forced to sit in the aisle. The district said these were normal issues for the beginning of any school year and a spokesperson told us that all the overcrowding issues had been addressed.

The bus drivers say that is not the case. They showed up at Monday night's school board meeting to voice their concerns.

The business manager for the Central Dauphin Bus Drivers Association, Eric Epstein, says there are eight less bus routes this year, 14 fewer buses, and 699 seats have been taken away despite an increase in the number of students.

"At the end of the day, here's my question for you," Epstein said Monday night. "If you can put a new carpet on the football field for student safety, you can deploy seat belts and secure more buses to transport children."

Board President Ford Thompson said that all the problems were ironed out in the first couple of weeks of school.

"There were a number of buses that were overcrowded," said Thompson. "You always have that when you have 130 buses on the street every day. You transport close to 12,000 students."

"We addressed every single one of those issues," Thompson emphasized. "There are no overcrowded buses."

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