Friday, October 18, 2013

KTVB: Meridian School Bus Driver Shortage Leaves Kids In the Cold

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM

More than a few parents aren't too pleased with the Meridian School District's school bus problem.

KTVB-7 is reporting that the Meridian District has admitted to a shortage of school bus drivers, forcing a number of school children to wait for a limited number of school bus drivers to complete their route before it circles back to pick them up. Channel 7 reports that at Lake Hazel Middle School, as many as 80 students now have to wait an extra 20 minutes for a school bus to take them home.

Some parents said the same problem was happening in the morning, with parents scrambling to get their kids to school before the first bell.

"It's really kind of a crisis at this point in terms of keeping our fleet on the road with qualified drivers," Meridian School District spokesman Eric Exline told KTVB-7. "Our transportation department is doing everything they can to try and get kids home timely."

Exline added that administrators have been filling in as makeshift bus drivers.

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