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Beaufort Co. parents react to possible school bus driver strike

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Heated contract negations between school bus drivers from three South Carolina school districts and the company that employs them, Durham School Services, has many parents around Beaufort County nervous and wandering what would happen if the bus drivers who take their children to and from school end up going on strike.

On Wednesday, South Carolina's Board of Education unanimously voted to allow Durham School Services to hire out-of-state drivers without the required South Carolina certification for up to 90 days, if a strike happens.

"I feel angry about it," said one parent, who didn't want to be identified. "I feel like they [South Carolina Board of Education] dropped the ball. We should be able to have our own bus drivers licensed in the state of South Carolina."

Dorchester 2, Charleston and Beaufort County are the only three districts in South Carolina that will be affected by the potential strike. As of right now, Dorchester 2 and Charleston's unions are the only districts that have voted to approve a strike if one is needed.

WTOC called the local 509 Teamsters Union representing Beaufort County drivers to see when and if they plan to vote, but we haven't heard back from them.

Beaufort County schools said they have not heard from the union either, but when they do they will inform parents of any new information.

If there is a strike, replacement drivers will need a valid commercials driver's license, clean DMV driving record, submit a background check, and they must have at least two years of school bus driving experience. 

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