Transportation Crunch Felt at CECSD
Heading into the 2018-2019 school year, our transportation department is still facing a severe shortage of drivers. We have been actively attempting to recruit drivers via our website, social media, and face-to-face at school functions such as concerts and open house events. Despite our efforts, we have not received enough interest to fill the immediate vacancies.
The bus driver shortage situation is not unique to Cortland; as other schools around the state and nation are also faced with the same dilemma. One neighboring district has even had to hire a professional charter bus company to transport athletic teams, an expensive and short term solution.
Here at Cortland, we have attempted to put a temporary fix or bandaid on the problem by having mechanics and office staff drive buses on a regular basis, which takes them away from their maintenance and office responsibilities.
The impact of the lack of drivers is felt by our students and their families daily. Students are on buses longer and sometimes having to wait for a bus and driver to be free to get them to and from school. The District has had to postpone sports events and field trips.
If anyone would like to apply to be a bus driver, the District offers paid training! You can email Betty Bentley, Director of Transportation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-758-4100 ext 2230. We welcome drivers of all skill levels and the training that is provided is very thorough. You can visit our transportation website by clicking here.