YORK, SC (WJZY) - First day of school means don’t miss the bus! But it may not be your fault…
York County Schools are starting the year off on the right foot and on time after a shortage of bus drivers had kids waiting at pick up locations for buses that never showed up.
Now, they're planning on changing bus pick up locations and times two weeks into the new school year.
Jackie Dover told FOX 46 Charlotte he drives his children to school every day because he doesn’t trust the school buses after the problems last year.
“I left before 6 and they would be out there waiting…I came back at 8 and they were still waiting!”
Tim Cooper said they ran out of man power after losing 15 bus drivers at the end of the year. The loss left empty buses without drivers and empty classrooms with late arriving students.
“We had busses that sat on the lot last year…that’s not the case this year,” Tim Cooper said.
Cooper said their bus drivers are their most important employees.
“They are the first faces that our parents and our students see every day and generally the last face the student sees at the end of the day.”
Over the summer York County schools parked a big bus on the side of the highway with a banner that read: “Bus Drivers Wanted. Higher Salaries.”
While it was number 1 on their summer to-do list, they are still looking for substitute drivers.
Now, the York County School District will be changing the bus routes in the upcoming weeks.
“That’s just going to help optimize,” Tim Cooper said. “Anytime we can combine stops within a reasonable walking distance for our families…that’s just going to get everyone there on time.”