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November 27, 2012  |   Comments (5)   |   Post a comment

District official attributes bus driver shortage to student behavior


COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. — A local school district is experiencing a bus driver shortage, and the transportation director has attributed it, in part, to drivers who were fed up with dealing with student misbehavior, WCSC reports.

There’s been a driver shortage at Colleton County School District for the last year and a half, but it’s gotten worse in the last six months, officials said. The shortage has caused some buses to be late to school, and many drivers have been forced to do double runs.

On Monday, the state Department of Education held a class for people who were interested in becoming a school bus driver. The school district is trying to hire 10 new bus drivers by Jan. 1.

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I do school bus safety assemblies in Madison County Illinois and I feel the children need to be approached differently about school bus safety. In my assembly I have grade school students pledge school bus safety. I also sing songs I wrote about school bus drivers we call this a school bus safety concert. You can hear 1 of my songs on YouTube called excited school bus song this particular song is my public service announcement to school bus safety. I would be happy to come to 1 of your grade schools and do a school bus safety concert please contact me at [email protected] or call me at 618 9802052. I think there are some things the driver can be taught but I also feel the students are equally responsible for learning to get along with the bus driver and do their part for school bus safety. Please call Roxana Community Schools at 618 2547572 and speak with Paula or Joy . They can tell you more about me and what I do with the school bus safety assemblies. I get loud have fun and do PowerPoint presentation with the school bus safety rules. I can also do a separate presentation for the drivers with PowerPoint helpful hints a driver should know

David Winfree    |    Nov 28, 2012 07:44 AM

Rubbish! Attempting to sidetrack or otherwise distract from the actual issues solves noting. Most that do not hire on in the first place may note the kids as the biggest issue, but the vast majority that leave declare it is the adults involved (often management and school officials) refusing to help keep kids safe. Special interests, school officials, hostile parents, and bureaucratic nonsense has stripped away the bus drivers authority to be the Captains of their school buses. The unruly in charge of the bus environment, their somewhat minor malbehavior early on ignored by officials brings on the most violent of events later in the year. By this time year, and where the bus environment continues to be out of control is the failure of the adults, most especially school boards refusing to help their bus drivers keep kids safe. Recently, a Palm Beach County (FL) jury wanted to punish the School Board: "It's the School Board's responsibility to keep students safe both while they're in the classroom and on the bus, and if that doesn't happen, they need to be held accountable," said Angeline Kahn, who served as jury foreperson at the two-day civil trial in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. It's all coming back to its home where it belongs, on the heads of school officials. With all the whistleblowing going on in this industry this year the idea to persist in scapegoating bus drivers is a bad idea. Officials attempting to scapegoat the kids is even a worse idea.

jkraemer    |    Nov 27, 2012 11:40 PM

This is utter nonsense! It's not about the kids on the bus it's about the leader behind the wheel and the absolute support the receive from their Supervisors, School District and, yes, parents. If you allow the animals to run the zoo you will fail. Demand accountability, stand up for Safety, pay a good salary, provide exceptional training and then let the drivers do their job. Yes, there are the occasional drver who quickly realizes that they have bit off more than they can chew but that a rare circumstance when all the cards are on the table from the get go. It's not for everyone just like the classroom is not for everyone who wants to be a teacher. Get real, train student management as much if not more than the pre- trip and you will turn it around.

BusGuy9    |    Nov 27, 2012 10:36 PM

I agree. Another thought is to have the parents get behind the wheel of the school bus and see how their little darlings behave.

Kate    |    Nov 27, 2012 06:19 PM

Maybe the head of the Department of Education should get behind the wheel of a school bus and see first hand the behavior of these students of today's society.

Ken    |    Nov 27, 2012 05:41 PM

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