Horry County Schools still short 90 bus drivers; 4% of routes are late because of shortage – Florence, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina 2021-09-16 21:21:40 –

Conway, South Carolina (WBTW) — One month after the school year, Horry County Schools (HCS) still lacks 90 bus drivers.

The current number of vacancies is Early August After the district hires and deploys 10 new drivers. The district said more bailouts are underway as 26 future drivers are in the process of hiring.

To ensure timely transportation, the district combined 82 bus routes this year. According to HCS, 4% of over 1,300 bus routes are significantly behind due to a shortage of drivers.

“It’s amazing to think of these types of numbers in terms of shortages compared to the routes and numbers we run every day,” said Ben Prince, HCS Transport Director. “It really reflects the efforts of the people in the field who are doing their best every day.”

According to Prince, the district is increasing efficiency with software that analyzes and integrates routes.

“By combining such a routing system with our staff, we were able to maximize our resources and provide the best service,” said Prince.

The shortage of bus drivers is so severe in Massachusetts that National Guard intervened to fill the gap. So far this year, South Carolina National Guard has said, “We have not received any official requests for such assistance.”

Horry County Schools said trained supervisors may drive the route and existing personnel are managing the shortage.

“This requires a lot of work and commitment. Many staff need to arrive early and stay late, but do whatever it takes for students and parents of Horry County Schools,” said the prince. Said.

Lisa Bourcier, HCS Director of Strategic Communications, said the district put all its hands on the deck to provide efficient transportation. Bourcier said HCS is pleased with the results one month after the school year.

“I’m very proud of what I’ve done so far,” says Bourcier. “We can do better if we have the additional personnel we are actively looking for.”

Horry County Schools will hold three job fairs in the coming weeks and months to find more bus drivers. The first of the three upcoming fairs will be next week.

“They had so many people in attendance that they are looking forward to a good turnout again to get people to apply,” Brucie said. “We are offering incentives and bonuses not only to current drivers but also to new drivers.”

Horry County Schools Bus Driver Job fair:

  • Tuesday, September 21st, 5 pm-7pm, Socasty Bus Office
  • Tuesday, October 19th, 5 pm-7pm, Conway High School
  • Tuesday, November 16th, 5 pm-7pm, North Myrtle Beach High School

The base salary is $ 13.25 per hour and the hiring process can take up to 6 weeks, according to HCS.

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