PEWAUKEE, Wis. — It is an issue being felt nationwide. The demand for bus drivers is increased than ever, however drivers are nowhere to be discovered.
College students at Pewaukee Excessive Faculty began feeling the consequences of the bus driver scarcity final yr within the spring. Primarily, the college’s 650 student-athletes.
“We had college students that had been leaving considerably early so the bus may drop them off on the different college and be capable of be again for the afternoon route,” mentioned Pewaukee Excessive Faculty Principal Brian Sniff.
“We needed to discover inventive methods to get our athletic groups to occasions,” mentioned Pewaukee Excessive Faculty and Center Faculty Athletic Director Jeff Behrens.
Presently, the GO Riteway transportation group, which companions with Pewaukee Excessive Faculty, says they’ve 21 bus drivers for the upcoming college yr. That is simply sufficient to get by in the intervening time.
“On any given night time, we’d have two or three groups that is likely to be touring in order that requires bus drivers for every of these,” mentioned Sniff.
That is when Sniff and Behrens determined to go the additional mile to assist. They each determined to get their industrial driver’s licenses (CDL). This implies they will be capable of step in at any time when there is a want for a bus driver to take athletic groups to away video games or college students to subject journeys.
“It is one other hat, however we’re keen to do no matter we have to do to serve our youngsters,” mentioned Behrens.
“I occur to be a dad or mum of a scholar who’s on the observe crew and I assumed to myself, nicely if I received my CDL I am already going to the observe meet, I may simply merely drive them there and drive them again,” mentioned Sniff.
The pair will take their official bus driving take a look at this Friday. After they go, they are saying they will assist out in any means they will for so long as they should.
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