CCS Rehires Private Bus Firm
The Columbus school district is trying to solve a shortage of bus drivers by getting substitutes from the private bussing company it fired last year.
On the eve of the new school year the Columbus district warned parents of a possible disruption to pick-up and drop-off schedules because of the shortage. The district now has most of the 700-plus drivers it requires but this week the school board authorized spending up to 134-thousand dollars on substitutes from First Student as needed through next month while new hires complete training. The district decided this spring to handle bussing on its own because its multimillion-dollar transportation contract was slated to increase, but it wasn't able to hire and train enough drivers before classes began.