Muncie Community Schools will be closed Thursday due to bus issues

MUNCIE, Ind. – Muncie Community Schools will be closed Thursday due to issues with its bus system.

The school corporation says it will review its transportation plans to ensure it is able to avoid issues that were experienced during the first day of classes Wednesday.

Parents tell FOX59 that some issues included pickup and drop-off times, unreturned calls and students having to give bus drivers directions.

MCS says instructional staff will not need to report, but administrative and clerical staff will report at their normal times. Twelve-month employees will also report as usual.

Some parents received a text notification alerting them to the closure just after 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.

“MCS sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience,” said the school’s director of communications.

An update on the status of bus routes is expected to be provided Thursday afternoon.

The transportation issues come after state lawmakers voted for a state takeover of the district, which is expected to have a deficit exceeding $9 million at the end of 2017. An Emergency Manager was appointed over the summer to help MCS recover.