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March 06, 2012  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Ga., S.C. districts hit with bus driver shortages


Recruitment and retention problems have caused a shortage of bus drivers at two school districts in Georgia and one in South Carolina, The Augusta Chronicle reports.

Richmond County School System in Augusta, Ga., is in need of approximately 20 more bus drivers. The district currently has 150 drivers, but, on average, 20 drivers call in sick or are absent each day, meaning the department is forced to double or triple routes.

Aiken (S.C.) County Public School District is having trouble finding qualified applicants to fill 18 bus driver positions. Columbia County School System in Evans, Ga., is plagued by absenteeism and needs about seven more drivers.

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There remains a huge number of unemployed that simply ignore school bus driver ads, for more reasons than simply not adaptable or not quilifiable. When taking the time to actually consider the hostile workplace environments that so many school bus drivers work under I'm amazed the industry can acquire and keep their bus drivers. Reputation is everything, and a bad reputation, poor pay, poor support, and poor or no benefits really advertise, !Not Hiring!

jkraemer    |    Mar 07, 2012 07:58 PM

We often see a problem in recruitment because our unemployment benefits are high enough that people opt not to work. Also when contracts are negotiated with unions, the drivers never worry about raising the starting pay rate, and there are usually not enough new drivers to bring attention to the problem.

liz    |    Mar 07, 2012 03:30 AM

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