HIGHLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) – In the Huron Valley School District this week, parents were given another school bus schedule due to a shortage of drivers.
For many students, they will have bus service on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while other routes will have service on Tuesday and Thursday. Then that changes the following week.
Huron Valley Superintendent Dr Paul Salah told 7 Action News they have offered more pay and new benefits, but still don’t have enough drivers.
“We are really looking and have gone out of our way to attract and retain staff,” said Dr Salah.
He is not alone. The Signs of the Times Searching for Drivers can be found near Novi, Northville and on Facebook in Highland. In Milford, Huron Valley, everyone got on the bridge with other school employees getting behind the wheel. But Dr Salah says it’s still not enough.
“Even though we deploy every front office person, the administrator, as well as the mechanics, we still cannot manage all of our routes,” he said.
Kelly Poser was outside the school to pick up her son.
She said, “It’s ridiculous, it’s, it’s very hard on parents, it’s just a nightmare.
We have also found grandparents who are happy to take over.
Randy Manar says, “So that just takes away from my son and daughter-in-law’s work schedule, you know they just can’t take time off work. ”
And Jan Klusek says: “This is crazy. There’s a crazy schedule and her parents are out of town right now.
On the community’s Facebook pages here in the western suburbs, parents praise the drivers they have. And in Milford, they work together to bring the kids home.
Lynnmarie Mullen told us, “With the neighbors putting things together and trying to help each other like I just got a text from my neighbor, can you get my daughter back? “
Superintendent Dr Salah also says there are shortages of workers you don’t see in schools, including para-educators, babysitters and food services.