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.
Many Boston Public Schools buses were delayed or didn't arrive last week due to an unexpected number of driver absences as the drivers union negotiates a new contract.
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 move modifies a previous plan for a 1-mile-radius “no-transportation zone” around the school, within which students would not have received school bus service.
The routing software developer will help Houston ISD deal with a driver shortage with hub locations for drop-offs and pickups, ensuring students only ride on their assigned routes, and creating a two-tiered service pattern.
Baldwin City (Kan.) School District discontinues transportation for students who live less than 2.5 miles from their school.
Three school districts in the Richmond area increase driver wages. One bumps pay by nearly 5%, another by 10%.
The Delaware district will move to a three-tier school schedule and change start times to reduce the number of drivers needed as it deals with the most severe shortage it has ever experienced.
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.
The cost factors of alternative fuels and the transportation impact of school reform are also key topics at the 2018 edition of the event.