Texas and North Carolina transportation departments fill the gap in drivers’ schedules with work opportunities beyond more routes, such as administrative, cleaning, and technical tasks, and tap other staff to ease driver shortage. Meanwhile, an Illinois contractor offers space for socializing and relaxation.
Some Carmel Clay Schools elementary school teachers are being trained to drive routes before and after the school day this upcoming school year, and will receive $18,000 to do so.
Adam Mayo, transportation director for Maine School Administrative District No. 75, discusses driver shortage, getting involved in the legislation process, and heading up the Maine Association for Pupil Transportation.
From purchasing and operating one school bus company to later establishing another from the ground up, Reliance Student Transportation President and CEO John Polli has proven his dedication and commitment to the school bus industry.
LD 1641 would allow public school bus drivers to collect unemployment benefits during the summer. It also would award training grants to school districts.
More than 30 public and private school bus operators and 25 supplier and manufacturer companies share ideas at the inaugural networking event in Miami.
Pat Schofill, director of pupil transportation for the Georgia Department of Education, describes the state’s school bus drivers as “honest, hardworking, and child-focused.”
Michigan transportation consultant Kim Hooper responds to an article in a local newspaper on bus driver shortage to note that pay is a critical factor.
Not only is there a need for more new technicians, but for those who are well-versed in new technologies.
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.