Management

District Cuts School Bus Driver Absenteeism With Attendance Bonuses

Posted on January 9, 2017
Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools started a pilot program that pays school bus drivers and special-needs assistants a $200 bonus for every pay period they come to work every day to address driver shortage and absenteeism. Photo by John Horton
Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools started a pilot program that pays school bus drivers and special-needs assistants a $200 bonus for every pay period they come to work every day to address driver shortage and absenteeism. Photo by John Horton

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A pilot program started by a school district here that pays school bus drivers for perfect attendance each pay period has reduced absenteeism significantly, WDRB reports.

Nearly two months ago, Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) started paying a $200 bonus to school bus drivers and special-needs transportation assistants for each two-week pay period in which they came to work every day, according to the news source. Randy Frantz, the director of transportation for the school district, told WDRB that the average for daily absenteeism in winter is about 7% to 10%, but during the last six weeks that the pilot program has run, it has averaged closer to about 4% or 5%.

JCPS came up with the pilot in an attempt to address its driver shortage and cut down on instances of drivers calling in sick. During the first two months of the school year, the district had to cancel more than 100 routes due to driver shortage and absenteeism, according to the news source.

To read the full story, go here.

Related Topics: driver recruitment/retention, driver shortage, Kentucky

Comments ( 8 )
  • S D C

     | about 2 days ago

    That is almost 1/2 of my weekly pay as the sole mechanic for 16 buses, a dump, a pickup and 3 tractors. That is crazy! I don't get a bonus for having a 100% DOT record, or having zero accidents since I started driving in 1986, or for doing what my duty is,. Why should others get a bonus for doing the job they signed up for?? I dont get it

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