Posted Date: 12/01/2021
Bus driver shortages are wreaking havoc on public schools, and transportation departments are scrambling to fill spots.
Union Public Schools let parents know buses might be running late this week due to a lack of drivers.
Tuesday morning, the district covered 17 bus routes.
“When we get passed six, we are scrambling for what we’re going to do," said Director of Transportation Susan Pettit.
Tuesday, she drove a bus for the fourth time this year.
When she’s driving, it means they’re completely out of substitute drivers.
“We’re either doubling up the route, picking up two groups of kids, or we pick up a group and swing back in after we drop them at the school and go back," said Pettit.
All the students got to school on time, but getting home is a different story.
“In the afternoon, when the traffic picks up, now we are running into being late for picking them up for school," said Pettit.
For the department, its main issue is hiring new drivers.
Union is offering a $2,000 signing bonus for full-time bus drivers.
In order to receive the bonus, bus drivers must agree to stay with Union Public Schools for one complete year. In the event they leave the position early, they will have to pay the entire bonus back to the district.
Applicants interested in becoming a bus drivers are encouraged to visit https://union.tedk12.com/hire/Index.aspx