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School bus driver questions proposed insurance benefits change
November 5, 2015
Brian Prugh asks board members for Elkhart (Ind.) Community Schools to reconsider upping the minimum hours its employees must work to be eligible for health benefits. The district could lose drivers amid a countywide shortage, he says.
Metro Nashville school bus drivers to get $300 bonus
October 19, 2015
Officials at the Tennessee school district say that the one-time bonus recognizes the drivers' extra work that has been caused by understaffing.
Big demand for school bus drivers in coming years
October 19, 2015

A federal report projects that over a 10-year period, the second-highest number of transportation job openings will be for school bus or special client bus drivers.

District's school bus driver shortage leads to delays
October 14, 2015
A shortage of nearly 150 school bus drivers is expected to impact about a quarter of the bus routes at Metro Nashville (Tenn.) Public Schools.
Attorney to investigate district's transportation debacle
September 4, 2015
As Palm Beach County (Fla.) finishes overhauling its routes and gets more students to school on time, a third-party investigation will look at what went wrong and will "hold people accountable," the superintendent says.
Florida district works to fix transportation issues
August 27, 2015
Problems with routes and late buses hamper Palm Beach County as the school year begins, but district officials say that progress is being made in resolving the issues.
Low pay often fuels school bus driver shortage
July 1, 2015

Our 2015 Contractor Survey found that driver shortage among school bus contractors is on the increase. Adding to the difficulty of attracting people to the school bus driving profession is the pay.

Driver shortage causing delays up to an hour for district
June 2, 2015
Last week, about 20 bus routes for South Bend (Ind.) Community School Corp. needed to be covered by substitutes or transportation department employees. The district needs to hire at least 30 drivers.
School Bus eXchange attendees discuss keys for success
April 9, 2015
At the inaugural SBX event, school transportation officials share ideas on such topics as efficiency, technology and identifying the outputs of a successful operation.
Job fair seeks school bus driver candidates
March 19, 2015
At Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools event, current bus drivers will be on hand to answer questions. The district’s job fairs have helped tackle driver shortage.
20 Tips for Dealing with Driver Shortage
February 18, 2015

School bus driver shortage is an ongoing challenge for the industry that has gotten worse recently, SBF research has found. Here, we share best practices in tackling the problem, from boosting recruiting efforts to addressing absenteeism.

GAPT: Driver health funding cuts could worsen shortage, hurt recruitment
January 28, 2015
The Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation says a proposal to cut health funding for part-time school bus drivers would remove a valuable recruitment and retention tool, as well as a large chunk of driver compensation.
Job fair for school bus drivers will be annual event
August 4, 2014
More than 175 prospective bus drivers and attendants take part in the first job fair at Kent ISD. Transportation Coordinator John Savage discusses the turnout of the event, which was a joint effort of 12 school districts and one school bus contractor.
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.

Job fair aims to attract nearly 100 school bus drivers, attendants
July 9, 2014
More than a dozen Michigan school districts and one school bus contractor are holding their first-ever joint job fair to recruit transportation candidates. The operations promote their positions as offering on-the-job training and certification, flexible hours and benefits.
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...

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