Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools boosts pay for all of its school bus drivers to $15 an hour, and drivers currently earning more get an increase of 50 cents per hour, amid a driver shortage.
With limited time to acquire buses and recruit drivers, Louis Gomes and his team worked quickly to launch service for Maui students before a new school year began.
Polk County Public Schools plans to boost starting pay and drop its requirement for a high school or GED diploma as it struggles with a significant driver shortage.
Workshops will cover such topics as school choice, employee retention, and school shootings. A live-action event will demonstrate school bus fires and evacuations.
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction study finds that some school systems offer drivers work in other departments to get them full-time hours and pay.
Polk County (Fla.) Public Schools recommends parents transport their children if possible as the district struggles with bus delays. Sixty-two driver positions are still open as school starts.
The Streetsboro City Schools board approves a new pay rate of $14.50 per hour for sub drivers, up from $13.91.
A Georgia school bus driver shares a letter he wrote appealing to the school board and public to recognize all the tasks involved in being a school bus driver beyond driving, from inspection to cleanup to child care.
Baldwin City (Kan.) School District discontinues transportation for students who live less than 2.5 miles from their school.
Fort Worth (Texas) Independent School District is paying a $500 sign-on bonus to new school bus drivers. It is also offering a payout for 95% to 100% driver attendance.
Drivers for Hawkins County (Tenn) Schools ask for an extra $15 per day on top of a proposed $3 per day raise. They also request more support in dealing with behavior management.
Durham's recruiters team up with school districts and the company’s safety team to educate their communities about school bus safety. Through that effort, they are able to hire more drivers.
Four school bus operators from four states find common ground in dealing with driver shortage, tapping into the benefits of GPS and video cameras, and assessing fuel options. For the most part, they’re sticking with diesel for now, but one is seeing success with an electric bus.