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Texas District's Driver Shortage Leads to Crowded School Bus

Posted on September 5, 2017

FRISCO, Texas — A shortage of bus drivers at a school district here has led to a crowded bus, causing some students to sit in the aisle or on a friend’s lap, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Parents have raised concerns about the bus with Frisco Independent School District and shared photos and videos that students took on the bus, which transports high school students, according to the newspaper.

Amanda McCune, the director of communications for the district, told The Dallas Morning News that several of the district’s campuses have double routes, with buses making a second trip to pick up students who weren’t able to fit on the first bus. She added that the district has a shortage of about 30 bus drivers and is trying to hire more drivers.

McCune also told the newspaper that the district tries to adhere to a policy of a limit of 54 students at the high school level on a bus — which is below the limit of 71 passengers set by state law — but sometimes exceeds 54. That means that some seats will have three students. A student told The Dallas Morning News that some students won’t make room for a third person.  

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Related Topics: driver shortage, seating, Texas

Comments ( 3 )
  • Barry Brooks

     | about 16 days ago

    People want benefits. I can't find people who want to drive a bus unless it includes benefits and the benefits must include a family plan. The pay is good but the hours are few and the benefits are none. Therefore the applications are also none.

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