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The grandmother of an autistic boy with special needs says Valley Central School District is dropping the ball when it comes to the student's busing.
Terry Degraw, of Montgomery, says her 6-year-old grandson, Emitt, has been late to school every day this year due to bus confusion. Emitt is autistic and has ADHD.
The district switched bus companies this school year from First Student Incorporated to East End Bus Company in Maybrook. Degraw says she understands that it may have a few problems to iron out, but says what's happening to her grandson is unacceptable.
Degraw says there are problems with the bus after school, too, and that her grandson has been dropped off as much as two hours late.
"He's in tears at night," she says. " [He] doesn't want to do his homework because sometimes it's 5:30 p.m. when he gets home."
News 12 spoke with a representative for the bus company who said they are working with the district to fix the problems and they appreciate parents' patience. A call to Valley Central School District was not returned.