Lee County facing school bus driver shortage prior to start of school year

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LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Lee County School District says right now, they are  still trying to get bus drivers in before the start of the new school year.

Executive Director of Transportation Roger Lloyd, says they lost 5 drivers in the last month. This leaves the county short 139 drivers, just one week before the school year begins.

“We need 729 drivers and at this point and time we have 590 hired,” says Lloyd.

The shortage will ultimately lead to more routes for drivers. Which means children will have to wait longer at stops. 

“We need 729 to route our kids. We transport nearly 50,000 kids in the morning and in the afternoon,” says Lloyd. “So 729 is what we need to efficiently get those kids to and from school on time.”

One driver, Benjamin Mitchell, has been with the district for 8 years. He says the last couple of years have been tough on drivers.

But he’s still encouraging otherdrivers to get onboard and make a difference.

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“The ones that are coming in and the ones that are feeling anxiety, just relax,” says Mitchell. “We are a team and we do help each other.”

“We train you for your cdl and actually pay you to go through the class to get your cdl license so we’re making it as simple as possible,” says Lloyd.

The district is encouraging parents to sign up for the “wheres the bus app” and the school messenger to stay updated on where your child’s bus is.

For more Lee County School Bus Information: Click Here

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