This year, the Savannah-Chatham Public School System overhauled its transportation system.
They tell me the one issue they still have is being understaffed when it comes to bus drivers, so this is a new incentive to help get and keep qualified people. They increased the pay from $12.75 to $14.87 an hour.
For existing drivers, they will apply this pay raise back to September 1. They were having drivers go through training to get CDL certified and then leave for a better paying job which is what prompted the pay raise.
They do have some issues they're working on including late buses, doubling back for students, long routes and vacant routes where coaches and other staff members who have been trained are driving buses.
They tell me students’ ridership is up this year to a little over 30,000 students and they're committed to having students safe and arrive on time.
"We encourage parents to keep those lines of communication open with us, tell us what they're seeing out in the field for something that we missed and allow us the opportunity to make those adjustments. In the afternoon we're going to certainly have to do a better job of communicating those late arrivals but what I can truly say is we're still clearing before 6 p.m. in the afternoon,” said SCCPSS Chief Operations Officer Vanessa Kaigler.
This bus driver’s salary include benefits and paid holidays. Again, they're asking parents to reach out to them if they run into a bus problem. They also have an alert system for parents in the event of a late route.
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