The current reduction in routes is being evaluated every two weeks. This notice is to inform you of the continuation of this plan for the next two weeks (March 1st - 12th). We have made progress on our driver shortage and I am hopeful that this MAY be our last extension of the route reduction plan. As soon as we are able to return to our scheduled 15 routes we will do so, even if it is during the next two weeks. As we make progress towards returning to 15 routes we will still be short on drivers and desperately need substitutes.
Background information on bus route reduction plan: The district currently has 15 routes and is short 6 drivers. We are currently pulling 3 certified employees from their current positions to substitute during this shortage. Because of this shortage the district has reduced 3 daily routes. This is done on a rotation so that each family only needs to find transportation one day per week. For the district to be fully staffed with drivers we need to hire a total of six drivers this year. If we can get three for now, then we can go back to 15 routes with no substitutes.
In an effort to attract more drivers the district is doing the following:
- All bus drivers will make a minimum of $20/hr* which is a 25% increase in pay for the remainder of this school year.
- We have a $500 signing bonus for new drivers that drive for PPS for the remainder of the year and a $500 referral bonus for any employee who refers a driver to us.
- We offer part time, full time, and substitute hours. Dedicated daily routes are currently available.
- PPS will pay all costs associated with driver education and certification.
*$20/hr includes the 2% end of the year bonus
We ask all of our parents to help us support recruiting new drivers. If you know of anyone who might want to drive please send them to us. They can contact my office at (517) 647-4161.
We are really sorry for the significant inconvenience this has on families. We have great drivers and staff at the bus garage and they would love nothing more than to transport all of our students to school every day. Please know that as soon as we can resume normal operations we will do so.