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Tackling school bus driver shortage
July 11, 2014

Eighty-four percent and 85%. These are the percentages of respondents to SBF’s 2013 School District Survey and SBF’s 2014 Contractor Survey, respectively, who reported having some degree of school bus driver shortage at their operation.

Pay raise proposed to help fill school bus driver shortage
April 28, 2014
At Greenville (S.C.) County Schools, starting school bus driver wages would increase 9.6%, from $11.68 to $12.80 per hour, under a budget proposal for fiscal year 2015. The move would be aimed at helping to attract and retain drivers.
Driver shortage expected to impact bus schedules
August 21, 2013
At Columbus (Ohio) City Schools, an effort has fallen through to contract for temporary bus drivers to cover routes while permanent drivers complete their training and earn their commercial driver’s license. Officials say that morning elementary school routes may run up to 30 minutes late, and there may be some delays for high school bus passengers in the afternoon.
District official attributes bus driver shortage to student behavior
November 27, 2012
The transportation director for Colleton (S.C.) County School District blames the shortage, in part, on children’s conduct on the bus, and says that many drivers have been forced to do double runs. The state Department of Education holds a class for people who are interested in becoming a bus driver.
Training around the edges
June 17, 2010

Even when you can’t afford to pay each employee to sit in a monthly safety meeting, you can look for cracks and crevices in the day where you can insert that safety mantra.

State directors: FMCSA proposal would worsen driver shortages
July 1, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. — State pupil transportation directors said that a training proposal by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) would...

Innovative Driver Hiring and Retention Methods
June 1, 2008

Maintaining a full staff of school bus drivers can be a persistent problem in pupil transportation. “We never seem to have a glut of school bus drive...

Refining our relationships
October 1, 2007

What keeps certain school bus drivers in their occupation for so long? In light of recent reports of driver shortages across the nation, SCHOOL BUS...

It's not just a job
February 1, 2007

We take great pride in our safety record, as we should. Children are 13 times safer riding in a school bus than traveling to and from school in any other mode, whether that’s walking, bicycling or riding in an automobile.

On the hiring line
March 1, 2006

The bus driver shortage tends to be cyclical, like the economy, but varies according to region. Some school districts and contractors have great luck in finding qualified drivers, while others have a much tougher time recruiting good prospects.

Navigating NCLB: The Latest on How the Law Impacts Pupil Transportation
February 1, 2005

Greater flexibility for states, school districts and schools —this is partly what President Bush had in mind when he signed into law the education ref...

Security Awareness Blows Up in Cincinnati
December 1, 2004

For the last few days of October and first few days of November, Cincinnati was the place to be.

What You Can Learn From the 5 Worst School Bus Operations
November 1, 2004

At war with the community

Rough Public Schools, Foulmouth, S.D.
The transportation department at Rough Public Schools may n...

75 Great Ways to Improve Your Operation (Part III)
October 1, 2004

31. Get a library card

Having trouble finding service manuals for older-model buses? Fear not. Most dealerships keep comprehensive service l...

The Transportation Manager's 2004-05 Survival Guide
September 1, 2004

It's a transportation manager's worst nightmare. You've got a fleet of buses that need replacing but a budget that won't buy you one, a shortage of se...

School Bus Contractors Still Fighting the Tide
June 1, 2004

The funk created by the still-stalled U.S. economy, the dangerous quagmire in Iraq and the continuing threat of terrorism on American soil is being fe...

What's Your Biggest Challenge for the 2002-2003 School Year?
September 1, 2002

With the arrival of the 2002-03 school year, the pupil transportation industry once again gears up for approximately 180 days of challenges. All chall...

How to Beat the Back-to-School Blues — or at Least Put up a Good Fight
September 1, 2001

For those of us in the school bus industry, the arrival of the fall is more than a mere change of seasons. While the leaves turn gold and are blown ab...

Drivers more plentiful as job market tightens
June 1, 2001

I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the driver shortage seems to be easing. The bad news is that the national unemp...

Laidlaw Exec Says School Bus Division Is Healthy, Despite Parent's Distress
February 1, 2001

SBF Editor Steve Hirano interviewed Robert Hach, president of Laidlaw Education Services, based in Naperville, Ill.

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