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JPS buses will run on Monday

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Monday morning a big burden will be lifted for thousands of Jackson parents.

They are looking forward to seeing JPS buses rolling again and life returning to normal when they see the usual Jackson Public School buses rolling again.

While the drivers' demands were not met, they say they are going back to work for the sake of the children and hope for the best.

"I was dreading it. I'm glad it's over. I wasn't aware it was over," said JPS parent Eric Hunter.

The Northeast Jackson resident learned Sunday that the bus drivers' strike has ended, and he won't have to drive his six children to three separate schools Monday.

Hunter said it was a little inconvenient, but he sympathized with the drivers.

"I just woke up a little extra early in the morning. I knew I had to take them. My wife works later in the afternoon. So I was the one who took them and picked them up as well," said Hunter.

"Tomorrow I get to go back to the bus stop...I didn't have to get up as early as I normally had to because my parents dropped me off," said Hunter's daughter Bianca.

The 17 year old at Murrah High School student said she didn't have problems but heard about fights on other buses.

"I think this is kinda like the wrong time to do it considering the fact like it's cold outside. It's winter, the holidays. They probably should have started it a while ago," Bianca added.

"I want to go back to driving the school bus. I would like for them to do what they need to do and pay us or what they're going to do so we can go back to work, because we're willing and ready to back to work," said JPS Bus Driver Faleshia Alexander while waiting outside the JPS Board Executive Session Wednesday.

Despite no raises, after eight days drivers decided to return to their jobs.

They came to an agreement after finally getting a chance to ask questions of Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray.

"They're not just driving a bus.," Hunter said. "They've got to deal with people's kids and personalities, and I'm sure that can be hard.

The more than 100 employees who walked off the job are expected to be behind the wheel Monday transporting an estimated 23,000 students.

"Tomorrow's business as usual, back to the bus stop. I'll wait for them when they get home," added Hunter.

"Going forward we trust that the superintendent and school board will listen to the unresolved issues from the transportation employees. We ask all elected officials who have a concern with JPS to further weigh in on fostering a better relationship with our committee, the superintendent, the school board and community," said JPS Bus Drivers Spokesperson Janice Brown in a statement issued Friday.

They were able to finally meet and talk with JPS officials.

While their demands were not met, drivers to resume their duties after their concerns were heard.

The end of the strike is a big relief for parents.

"I kind of sympathize with the drivers a little, but I understood how they felt. I understand they didn't get a raise for nine years, and I kind of sympathize. I know they're people too they have to do what's right for their families as well," said parent Eric Hunter who has six children attending Jackson Public Schools.

"Going forward we trust that the superintendent and school board will listen to the unresolved issues from the transportation employees. We ask all elected officials who have a concern with JPS to further weigh in on fostering a better relationship with our committee, the superintendent, the school board and community," said Bus driver spokesperson Janice Brown in a statement Friday."

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