School buses back in Indio Hills

Bus service for high school students returns in January

Tamara Damante, KESQ News Channel 3 News Reporter, tdamante@kesq.com
POSTED: 04:37 PM PST Dec 06, 2012    UPDATED: 05:33 PM PST Dec 06, 2012 
INDIO HILLS, Calif. -

A News Channel 3 follow-up on an effort to bring school buses back to the Indio Hills community, a remote neighborhood miles from the nearest high school.

We first told you about the parents' plea to the school district last month and now changes are being made.

Desert Sands Unified School District discontinued bus service two years ago, because of budget cuts.

Frustrated, parents eventually protested and put together a petition, with more than 120 signatures.

News Channel 3 confirmed Thursday with the district that bus service will be reinstated January 7th.

Mother of 5, Liliana Murillo says, "They will know they have dependable transportation, even if it's at 6:45, it means it's safer and they don't have to be stressing about how they go to school tomorrow and have to depend on someone else."

One bus will pick up nearly 50 kids in the morning and take them home, after school.