Hamilton school bus delays stuck in neutral

News Oct 13, 2017 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

The chair of Hamilton’s public school board says a school bus driver shortage that is affecting nearly 1,500 public and Catholic students will likely continue beyond mid-October after seeing no improvement in the past week.

Todd White said although an additional nine drivers are presently in training, the loss of other drivers has offset any progress in meeting an Oct. 16 deadline to resolve delays in getting students to and from school.

Figures provided by the public board show 1,460 students at both boards were delayed as of Tuesday morning — unchanged from the week before and higher than the 1,414 on the first day of school on Sept. 5.

The median delay of 16 minutes — meaning half have shorter delays and half longer — was also unchanged.

“It’s rather clear that we will fall short of our goal,” White said. “There has been progress. Unfortunately, though, every step forward has been met with a challenge that has moved us back to where we started.”

White said he planned to convene a meeting this week of the governance committee for the transportation consortium that oversees busing for the two school boards.

He said he hopes to be able to announce the steps the boards will take “both in the short term and long term” to fix the problem by the end of next Monday.

“It remains our No. 1 priority. We get the fact that it’s horribly frustrating for families,” White said.

“It’s horribly frustrating for us as well because we don’t want any of our students missing instructional time. Unfortunately, that’s happening for several hundred students currently, so we’re going to keep looking at what’s possible.”


Hamilton school bus delays stuck in neutral

Public board chair hopes to announce new solutions in coming week

News Oct 13, 2017 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

The chair of Hamilton’s public school board says a school bus driver shortage that is affecting nearly 1,500 public and Catholic students will likely continue beyond mid-October after seeing no improvement in the past week.

Todd White said although an additional nine drivers are presently in training, the loss of other drivers has offset any progress in meeting an Oct. 16 deadline to resolve delays in getting students to and from school.

Figures provided by the public board show 1,460 students at both boards were delayed as of Tuesday morning — unchanged from the week before and higher than the 1,414 on the first day of school on Sept. 5.

The median delay of 16 minutes — meaning half have shorter delays and half longer — was also unchanged.

We get the fact that it’s horribly frustrating for families.

“It’s rather clear that we will fall short of our goal,” White said. “There has been progress. Unfortunately, though, every step forward has been met with a challenge that has moved us back to where we started.”

White said he planned to convene a meeting this week of the governance committee for the transportation consortium that oversees busing for the two school boards.

He said he hopes to be able to announce the steps the boards will take “both in the short term and long term” to fix the problem by the end of next Monday.

“It remains our No. 1 priority. We get the fact that it’s horribly frustrating for families,” White said.

“It’s horribly frustrating for us as well because we don’t want any of our students missing instructional time. Unfortunately, that’s happening for several hundred students currently, so we’re going to keep looking at what’s possible.”


Hamilton school bus delays stuck in neutral

Public board chair hopes to announce new solutions in coming week

News Oct 13, 2017 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

The chair of Hamilton’s public school board says a school bus driver shortage that is affecting nearly 1,500 public and Catholic students will likely continue beyond mid-October after seeing no improvement in the past week.

Todd White said although an additional nine drivers are presently in training, the loss of other drivers has offset any progress in meeting an Oct. 16 deadline to resolve delays in getting students to and from school.

Figures provided by the public board show 1,460 students at both boards were delayed as of Tuesday morning — unchanged from the week before and higher than the 1,414 on the first day of school on Sept. 5.

The median delay of 16 minutes — meaning half have shorter delays and half longer — was also unchanged.

We get the fact that it’s horribly frustrating for families.

“It’s rather clear that we will fall short of our goal,” White said. “There has been progress. Unfortunately, though, every step forward has been met with a challenge that has moved us back to where we started.”

White said he planned to convene a meeting this week of the governance committee for the transportation consortium that oversees busing for the two school boards.

He said he hopes to be able to announce the steps the boards will take “both in the short term and long term” to fix the problem by the end of next Monday.

“It remains our No. 1 priority. We get the fact that it’s horribly frustrating for families,” White said.

“It’s horribly frustrating for us as well because we don’t want any of our students missing instructional time. Unfortunately, that’s happening for several hundred students currently, so we’re going to keep looking at what’s possible.”