We have talked about the school bus driver shortage that is plaguing our school systems. Here is how one county is handling this situation.
The New Hanover County Schools system in North Carolina is offering free commercial driving lessons in an effort to recruit more school bus drivers. The district initially considered having custodial staff and instructional aides also drive buses, but the idea was eventually discarded.
Efforts are now targeting parents. Ken Nance, transportation director, stated that the hours would be the same as the students – the parents would be on the bus early in the morning and in the afternoon. This would go along with the children’s schedule. They would also be off in the summer and would get part time or full time benefits depending on the hours they work.
It just takes a little thought and ingenuity to solve problems at the local level!