Fayette County Schools Need More Bus Drivers

Hard to believe schools will be starting up again soon, Fayette County's first day is August 13th.

The school system is trying to get things in place for that first day. Such things like lining up enough bus drivers to make sure all the students get to school on time.

The school system needs a fleet of about 200 drivers. The district has 250 buses but they only use about 180 at a time and right now they have 177 drivers.

It takes more than a drivers license to get behind the wheel of a school bus. Fayette County will put you through the paces from start to finish and if you pass you can become one of the more than 200 drivers they need.

The district has made a few changes to make the job a little less stressful. There are now only 3 different start times for schools.

School officials say they plan to add a monitor to each school bus.

That will allow the driver to focus on the operation of the bus and allowing the monitor to watch those on the bus.

The district has also hired a recruiter to focus on seeking out qualified drivers so the district doesn't get into a bind when school starts.

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  • by C on Jul 24, 2007 at 03:06 AM
    It's no wonder there is not enough bus drivers in many counties! The pay is not enough for them to survive on and plus having to put up with today's smart alick children! Parents do not discipline their children at home, they teach them no respect, then wonder why there is such a shortage of teachers, bus drivers, etc. And when little Johnny gets into trouble, of course, it's the bus driver's or teacher's fault...not little Johnny's. Oh, please...wake up PARENTS...it's your job to discipline and teach your children...not the teachers, bus drivers, other anyone else. If you do not correct them when they are small, then don't expect too much of them when they reach the age of 7 and up because you have missed the golden years of learning! Bus drivers, teachers, and other school officials deserve the upmost respect for putting up with little Johnny and the attitudes of some parents. I hope they find enough driver's, but here's a suggestion, parents of children who do not behave on the bus should be required to bring their children to school themselves for the entire school year. Perhaps that will motivate them enough to discipline their children and teach to the behave while not in their care.


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