6/1/2022 -- Parkway continues to face a critical shortage of bus drivers. Based on the number of students riding the bus this year, we are short 13 drivers – this is about 30 bus routes impacting roughly 1,000 students.
Recently, we convened a Transportation Task Force made up of parents, staff and school leaders to problem-solve the existing bus driver shortage. We expect a more severe shortage of drivers in the fall.
This is what we heard:
There was substantial support for increasing bus driver compensation
Overwhelmingly, parents and staff did not support adding bus tiers or changing start times
Parents do not support increasing the number of students to three to a seat
There is general support for expanding walk zones when it is safe and decreasing the number of bus stops
Based on feedback, the Transportation Task Force recommendations are:
Increase compensation and adjust salary scales for bus drivers (as a result, the board approved a pay increase for bus drivers in May)
Expanding neighborhood walk zones from the current practice of .5 miles to a 1-mile walk zone. Neighborhood walk zones are areas with sidewalks that do not require students to cross a major street. No bus service would be provided within neighborhood 1-mile walk zones.
Decrease the number of bus stops which allows for more routes to be run by the same driver
Continue aggressive summer recruitment communication plan
Encourage parents to drive students if able and complete a survey stating their intent to ride
Neighborhood walker family support groups
Outsource alternative transportation
Put additional students on a bus when feasible
The Board of Education will review the task force recommendations at the June 15 meeting.