School bus company contract renewed despite issues

Posted at: 06/22/2013 11:40 AM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Albuquerque school board has voted to renew a contract with the company that provides its bus service, but one family is asking that the school district take steps to better protect children.

Melissa Carrasco asked the board this week not to renew the contract with Herrera School Buses and Coaches.

She says her two special needs children were mistreated by one of the company's bus drivers.

A claim against the company alleges Carrasco's daughters were blindfolded because the driver didn't like to see them staring.

A bus aide was also accused of hitting one of the girls' seats repeatedly.

The Albuquerque Journal reports  that the driver and aide were fired.

Still, the board approved the contract, citing Herrera's responsiveness to the complaints as a reason the company deserved the district's business.