EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WYTV) – Parents of students enrolled in the NewBold Academy Learning Center in East Liverpool will be temporarily responsible for getting their children to class after the Ohio State Highway Patrol shut down the learning center’s transportation system.
The Morning Journal reports that the center, which opened this school year, initially leased a bus from the Southern Local School District to transport its students. However, while conducting inspections, OSP saw the Southern Local bus had several defects and “pulled the tags” from the bus as a result.
The learning center was again found to be transporting students illegally when OSP returned and found that the students were being transported in vans, rather than the required yellow school bus. The learning center told OSP that, because NewBold is not technically a “school” but a “learning center,” staff believed those rules did not apply, according to the Morning Journal.
OSP told the school that vans may only be used for transporting students to such field trips and athletic events. OSP may issue citations but is working with the learning center to correct the issue, as it is believed that the issue was just a misunderstanding and not intentional.
The learning center is now in the process of purchasing a new school bus.