GRIFFIN, Ga. -- Griffin-Spalding County Schools came up with nine emergency, fill-in bus drivers Tuesday after learning on their first day of school, Monday, the school system didn't have enough drivers to run all the routes.
WSB-TV Channel 2's Jeff Dore spoke with Ceera Fambro as she waited anxiously on her front porch for her children's school bus.
"I was waiting for about an hour for them to get off the bus yesterday," Fambro said.
Westria Arnold said she had to wait even longer for her child to get home.
"My child got home about 5:30. And he was dismissed from school at 3:20," Arnold said.
Griffin-Spalding County Schools switched this year from a numbered bus to a numbered route system, and after all the buses headed out Monday morning they discovered nine routes had no drivers.
"Part of the problem was we had some drivers who retired at the end of school year and we did not get enough drivers to come back in to replace them. And we just didn't realize that when we went to our new routing system," Superintendent Curtis Jones.
Since each bus serves three schools, that meant 27 schools were missing some bus service.
"We had parents going wild. We had parents walking, driving, looking, chasing the buses. It was a mess yesterday," Arnold said.
Dore waited with Fambro for the bus on this second day of school.
The school system put some coaches and retired drivers who had commercial driver's licenses into service and is busy getting a new group of drivers ready to roll.
It helped. The Fambro children's bus got them home.
By Monday, the school system expects to have all the new drivers trained and licensed.
Video: WSB-TV Atlanta