The national school bus driver shortage continues, but Horry County Schools in South Carolina is an exception, after the district increased its quantity of school bus drivers compared to last year, reported ABC 15.
Horry County officials said it has only four vacancies remaining as it headed into the 2018-2019 school year. Last year, it was short 47 school bus drivers at the start of the academic year, which caused school delays and headaches for everyone.
The increase in drivers this year could be due to the stronger recruitment tactics that were initiated at the start of the year, and a $1 pay raise per hour to the starting salary. This year, school bus drivers in Horry County will be paid a starting salary of $13 an hour, compared to last year’s pay of $12.
As the first few weeks of the school year unfold, transportation officials still asked for parents to be patient. Bus routes and load adjustments will be changing, and after the first several weeks, things will be all smoothed out, they expect.
Due to an increase in pay, many school bus drivers from last year are staying put, while new drivers will also be added, it was reported.