Chattanooga school board likely to keep contract after deadly school bus crash

FILE- In this Nov. 22, 2016, file photo, a school bus is carried away in Chattanooga, Tenn., from the site where it crashed. Students and administrators raised concerns about a Tennessee school bus driver's behavior behind the wheel in the weeks before a crash that killed several children. Records released by the school district Friday, Nov. 25, include two written statements by students complaining about Johnthony Walker's driving. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee school board will likely extend its contract another year with the company that provided school bus services in a crash that killed six children.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the Hamilton County school board said Wednesday that it would be almost impossible to find a new contractor before the coming school year.

Durham School Services operated the bus that crashed in November while carrying Woodmore Elementary students. The company has had a four-year contract with Hamilton County Schools since 2013.

Assistant superintendent Lee McDade said finding another bus service would take months. He said Durham has made safety strides since the crash.

School board member Rhonda Thurman said few companies could handle Hamilton County’s system of about 20,000 students riding buses.

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