In November, faculty officers had thought the division might solely transport about 600 college students. On the time, officers described a driver scarcity and different points hampering their capacity to take extra college students to and from faculty.
“The image appears to be like grim, however it’s not as grim because it was,” stated Sherri Eubanks, director of pupil transportation for town.
The division contracts with town to supply scholar transportation. Initially, town checked out contracting with an organization to usher in extra drivers, however that concept hasn’t come to fruition but.
Some faculties solely have one bus route whereas the one Clark Elementary bus is getting used twice for a second route. Town can run 10 routes on the elementary degree, for Walker Higher and Buford Center and for Charlottesville Excessive College, Eubanks stated.
Town has misplaced 12 bus drivers since September, and potential drivers have seen lengthy wait instances on the Division of Motor Autos, stopping them from taking the mandatory take a look at. To drive a college bus, one should have a business driver’s license and the S endorsement.
“So till we alter one thing on a state degree with DMV, it will be unattainable for for us to get individuals in there,” Eubanks stated.
5 potential drivers weren’t in a position to keep within the interview course of due to the delay in getting an appointment on the DMV to take the writing take a look at for the endorsement. One applicant was informed the soonest he might get an appointment could be in July.