Bus driver shortage causing headaches for local school districts

Bus driver shortage causing headaches for local school districts

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all right anxious to hear about that thank you Chris public school systems in Allen County are scrambling right now to keep a full complement of bus drivers for tweens NBC reporter Jeff Neumeier tonight on what those school corporations are doing to make sure bus service doesn’t grind to a halt I tried to sell real estate for a while then I needed insurance so I came to this Mike Bollinger has been driving a school bus for Southwest Allen County Schools for seven years his wife has a good job so he was only looking for part-time work and this fit the bill mainly because unlike most part-time gigs this one offers full health insurance benefits best job I’ve ever had and there’s really not a lot of stress to this job as you know if you like kids but school corporations here and across the country from Portland Maine to Phoenix Arizona are struggling to find enough people like Bollinger Fort Wayne community southwest Allen and Northwest Allen schools right now are competing to identify train and retain bus drivers to staff routes sometimes staffing gets tight sometimes drivers will end up having to hurry along to make it to a second round or split up that route and so as a result sometimes the buses may be a little late but we do manage to get the job done some of the reasons for the shortage the strong economy and low unemployment which gives people other employment options bus drivers also have to pass detailed background checks other shifts in society are a factor too over the decades one of the big sources of bus drivers people from the farming community these days not so much southwest Allen transportation director Steve Lake says farmers have often been a natural choice to fill school bus driver slots their flexible work schedules in the fields a good fit for the part-time jobs well the family farms gone away and so now we’re having to get creative and find other people in addition to offering a good benefits package some corporations are bumping up pay to keep the buses rolling at least until the economy hits its next bump in the road jeff Neumeier Fort Wayne’s NBC all right thank you Jeff Fort Wayne Community Schools is currently looking for about 40 drivers some of whom would be regular substitute drivers the district will help anyone who is interested in getting their CDL if needed and for more information or to find out how you can apply you can call the number there on your screen it’s four six seven one nine zero zero

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