To The Editor:
In response to “Why there is a shortage of school bus drivers?”. . .
As a former 14 plus year school bus driver, I’m going to take the opportunity to voice my opinion on this.
In order to keep the drivers/monitors you currently have either the school and the bus company needs to give drivers/monitors control over how and when to discipline the kids or they need to at least listen to the drivers/monitors when they tell them there is a problem that needs to be addressed with a student.
And some parents need to teach their children respect! I believe if anyone disagrees with this, they only need to ride a school bus a couple of days and then they too would agree.
Also, a substantial pay increase, as well as the opportunity to purchase decent, reasonably priced medical insurance, would attract more potential drivers/monitors.
Driving/monitoring a school bus full of children is not for the faint of heart. It is a taxing job that requires attention to detail and a strong work ethic. You won’t find many to do this if you don’t listen to their concerns and offer a decent living wage with benefits that are equal to a job position that is full time.