Pay increase could help attract South Carolina bus drivers

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A key element of successful schools is ensuring that students are there on time and ready to learn. That can be a difficult proposition in a school district where it is routine for school buses to be running behind schedule because there are not enough drivers.

That is what the Greenville County School District is facing. Recently, the district was 40 drivers short; that’s more than 10 percent of the full staff of 393 drivers. And that includes substitute drivers. As district spokesman Oby Lyles told The Greenville News, that lives little margin for the district to cover for sick or absent drivers.

“So you’re running on a thin margin to start with, and then you’re not fully staffed and you have a few bus drivers out sick, it creates a domino effect,” Lyles said according to the newspaper report.

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