Mercer County school administrators continue to struggle to find bus operators

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Monday, October 5, 2020 at 4:10 p.m. UPDATE: PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — Administrators with the Mercer County Board of Education announced two school buses will not be running on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 due to the lack of substitute bus drivers. The announcement was made via Facebook on Monday, October 5, 2020.

Bus 615 will not run on Tuesday. This will affect Mountain Valley Elementary School, Bluefield Middle School, and Bluefield High School. Bus 643 will also not run on Tuesday. This will affect students who attend Spanishburg, PikeView Middle, and High School. According to the post, if your child rides either of these buses and has no other way to get to school, the absence is excused and their lessons will be posted to Schoology.

ORIGINAL STORY October 1, 2020 6:28 p.m.:

A Mercer County bus route was cancelled because they couldn’t get a substitute bus driver.

Superintendent Dr. Deborah Akers said she doesn’t believe this will be an isolated incident. Across West Virginia, school administrators struggle to find bus operators. Akers explained the pandemic forced this past spring’s certification class to cancel. It’s also a lengthy process to get the necessary license.

“People that have their CDL’s and can drive large vehicles, can find employment in other areas that pay better than what school bus operators are paid in West Virginia,” Akers said.

Mercer County Schools are actively hiring for bus operators. Administrators will hold a certification class if they get enough applicants.

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