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Area districts in search of bus drivers

Your love for driving could help you get a nice paycheck from school districts in Door and Kewaunee counties.


The issue is prevalent across the country with the National School Transportation Association predicting staffing will be at critical levels for the upcoming months. At the risk of consolidating routes too much, many districts or busing companies have offered sign-on bonuses to entice people to work a few hours during the school week.


 Luxemburg-Casco School District operates its own service and Superintendent Glenn Schlender says they have exhausted their substitute pool to help fill in gaps on the routes. It leaves them short if someone gets sick or if clubs and teams have to go somewhere after school. In some cases, they have to work with other companies to make sure kids get to where they need to go. The district had to create a new route near the Brown/Kewaunee border in New Franken to pick up the influx of open enrollment students from the Green Bay Area School District. He says the labor pool for the role just is not what it was in the past.

Schlender says routes are always changing as the area where kids are located evolves over time. Some districts have had to take on more extreme measures to handle the driver shortage, ranging from pushing school back two weeks in Pittsburgh to paying parents $700 to not take the bus in Wilmington, Delaware.


Even though masking is optional for the majority of students in Door and Kewaunee counties, the school bus is the one place they will have mask up due to federal guidance.

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