From coast to coast the new school year brings an old problem to light – a shortage of school bus drivers.
In the Tampa Bay, FL, area 150 drivers are needed over just two counties. They currently have enough applications to fill only half of those positions. Florida counties are hosting school bus driver’s job fairs to attract new applicants.
Sterling, Colorado, schools have eliminated bus stops due to overcrowded buses and shortage of drivers. This shortage means removing some in-town stops that are closer to schools until drivers can be found.
In Lubbock, Texas, officials have posted signs across the county at all the schools asking for people to apply for driver positions. They point out that flexible schedules and access to health care benefits make it an attractive job for workers needing schedules that will allow them to spend summers and holidays with their families.
Officials all over the United States point to the improving economy and more jobs available as a factor in the shortage of drivers. This is good for the economy, but not so much for finding school bus drivers.