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Union Co. Schools Cancels Bus Route Due to Driver Shortage

Announced on Sunday, Union County Public Schools are experiencing a bus driver shortage that's caused the school district to cancel a bus route.

Posted: Sep 20, 2021 4:57 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2021 8:07 PM

Announced on Sunday, Union County Public Schools are experiencing a bus driver shortage that's caused the school district to cancel a bus route.

This occurring all while staff from around the district have already stepped up and helped fill bus routes.

“We have our assistant transportation director, our maintenance guy, our driver trainer, our routing coordinator, a principal, some teachers, some coaches, and some instructional assistants all driving in the afternoon," said Malinda Beauchamp of Union County Public Schools.

Union County Schools hope to resolve this bus driver shortage quickly, and they’re offering extra incentives to get this problem solved.

“We’ve increased our pay for bus drivers to $15 per hour, and they have a 4.5 hour work day, but they are considered a full-time employee, so they get full-time benefits," said Beauchamp.

With these additional incentives, Union county hopes to fill their four open bus driver positions quickly, but the process for becoming a bus driver can take anywhere from 1-3 months.

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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