Wake County Schools

Wake schools face bus driver shortage

Posted June 16, 2015
Updated June 17, 2015

— The Wake County Public School System is facing a school bus driver shortage.

The district is about 90 drivers short due to higher paying jobs elsewhere, district staff told school leaders during Tuesday's school board work session. Officials are holding open houses this week to recruit new drivers and are also considering job sharing.

Staff also announced a series of school bus updates:

  • When a school bus stops, the driver will ensure all vehicles have also stopped before deploying the crossing arm in front of the bus. Students will received updated safety training during their first week of school.
  • 85 school busses will receive onboard camera systems. The district hopes to add cameras to all busses in the near future.
  • Bus routes for year-round students will be online by the end of the month. For traditional students, they will be online August 14.

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  • Pete Knowles Jun 17, 2015
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    When our general assembly finishes getting rid of the teachers assistants, there will be even less bus drivers since many assistants double as bus drivers. Ain't it great what our legislature is doing for us.......................................

  • Deb Boxall Jun 17, 2015
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    Frank Smith: No need to be snarky. I'm a public school teacher, and my hat's off to the bus drivers that serve our schools. I estimate that they make about $17.5k a year (8 hrs/day for a 180 day school year), and am totally amazed at their ability to keep coming to work in spite of the obstacles that they must face every day. To anyone that doesn't think driving a school bus is hard work, give it a try for a week or two. I'm sure you'll change your mind.

  • Tom Boswell Jun 17, 2015
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    Whoops the County Commissioners just need to go back and increase this weeks real estate tax rate from 6.3% to maybe 10%. After all the voters gave them a blank check by voting all Democrats on the board. Wait go a 15% increase and get the drivers Mercedes buses.