Bus driver vacancy numbers continue to rise

Bus driver vacancy numbers up (Madeline Montgomery/WPDE)

Bus driver vacancies are up to 35 for Horry County Schools.

"It's kind of all hands on for the next couple of months until we can get people into those positions," said Lisa Bourcier, the director of strategic communications for Horry County Schools.

There are only 35 drivers needed out of 367 buses, which may not seem like a lot at first, but parents and students say they are noticing the absences.

"I honestly didn't think I would be affected but now I know how serious it is," said Krista Brady, the mother of a Seaside Elementary student.

"The biggest problem we've experienced as a family are the drop off times are inconsistent, which is difficult because I work at home and I'm never sure when my kids are getting home," said Kye Holtry, the mother of a Seaside Elementary student.

If it were not for last minute rearranging, some Seaside students would have been dropped off an hour late on Friday.

"I got a phone call that his bus would be delayed an hour, so I decided that I would pick him up so I called the school and then they said that they resolved the issue and the issue was that they didn't have a bus driver," said Holtry.

"She has activities every day of the week so it would have made us really late or could have," said Brady.

"With our shortages, we are having sporadic delays throughout the district," said Bourcier.

The district is having a transportation job fair on Nov. 2 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Horry County Schools office at 335 Four Mile Road in Conway.

When we spoke with officials about the shortages earlier this month, they pointed to increased competition in the job market and higher enrollment at area schools as reasons for the shortage.

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