A new report says that more than eight in 10 school transportation directors in New York consider driver shortage either their “number one” concern (60 percent) or a “major” problem/concern (23 percent).
The report, released by the New York State School Boards Association, New York Association for Pupil Transportation and National Association for Pupil Transportation, found that three-quarters (74 percent) of New York’s school transportation directors had unfilled school bus driver positions at some point during the 2017-18 school year.
More than one-quarter of school districts (27 percent) had as many as 11 to 20 percent of unfilled school bus driver positions at some point during the school year.
If you can remember, we reported this past September about a severe bus driver shortage right here in our own backyard, reported to us by the Cortland Enlarged School District.
That problem clearly isn’t unique to our area and unfortunately doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.