The Columbus school district still lacks enough school-bus drivers, and it’s turning to the private busing company that it fired last year to provide substitutes.
The district needs 732 drivers to run its regular bus routes; it has 726 right now.
There are more drivers being hired; some already have met bus-driver training requirements while others must complete weeks-long training, said Steve Simmons, who oversees transportation for Columbus City Schools.
The Columbus Board of Education agreed yesterday to pay First Group America up to $134,250 for substitute bus drivers, if needed, until Oct. 31. It’s likely that the district will need those substitutes, Simmons said.