The North Carolina school system makes driving a bus a requirement for new custodians, cafeteria workers, and teaching assistants to deal with an ongoing driver shortage.
There are other commercial driving jobs that pay more than driving a school bus, but they don’t involve transporting students. The opportunity to contribute to children’s education and safety could spark interest in the job.
In the first of a new series, SBF poses five pertinent questions to Keith Henry, NAPT president and director of transportation for Lee’s Summit (Mo.) R-7 School District.
A new state law aims to accelerate the process of getting a commercial driver’s license by enabling private vendors to conduct the knowledge and skills tests.
Half of the state’s 5,582 school buses are more than 15 years old. The state superintendent asks legislators to fund bus replacement as well as driver and technician pay increases.
Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools starts a pilot that pays school bus drivers and assistants a $200 bonus for every pay period they come to work every day to address driver shortage and absenteeism.
I’ve been reluctant to write about this topic, but I felt that our story would provide valuable insights into the experience of a special-needs student, the importance of retaining good drivers, and the difficult decisions parents often face.
The current shortage is so severe that it requires new thinking. Paying more per hour without considering other factors may not be the best long-term strategy.
NAPT and SBF are researching issues related to school bus driver shortage. Transportation directors and hiring managers are asked to complete a survey on the subject. The deadline is Monday.
Gov. Sam Brownback designates Oct. 19 as a day to honor the state’s more than 4,200 school bus drivers.
Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools cancels some school bus routes three days in a row. The bus drivers’ union says that the district is 50 to 70 drivers short.
The initial stage of the research project will be an in-depth driver recruitment survey. The goal is to identify best practices that can help school districts attract more drivers.
Two Toronto school districts issue alerts that some of their contractors’ school buses are significantly delayed “due to an unanticipated bus driver shortage.”