Approving a service contract for a bus driver trainer, members of the Harlan Independent Board of Education met in a special called meeting on Thursday.
Superintendent C.D. Morton said the need for bus drivers in the district is "urgent."
"Essentially, we are very short on bus drivers," said Morton. "In fact, we've had two people that have left the community which were substitute bus drivers. This left us with one bus driver that was not a full time employee. That particular bus driver is currently serving as a full-time substitute. Morton said the position of bus driver is a "well-paid job, which is now available."
"We need qualified bus drivers," said Morton. "We need substitute drivers. We can put them on the road more often in the spring than other times, but we have a great need for school bus drivers."
Morton said the district's substitute bus driver is a retired gentleman who doesn't want to drive the school bus every day, but is currently doing just that.
"We've got a couple of people interested, but they are not certified bus drivers," said Morton. "We have to have them certified by a certified bus driver trainer. In the past, we have been able to send potential bus drivers to other districts where they were having training to get them certified. Right now, there is no one around us training bus drivers, in terms of large classes. My proposal is if we can establish an available service contract at $15 per hour for a bus driver trainer for a pool of bus drivers this would solve our problem."
The board voted to approve the service contract at a rate of $15 per hour.
Morton said he would like to see five to ten people take the training to increase the district's pool of certified bus drivers.
In other board actions:
--Approved participation in the Council for Better Education School Finance Study at a cost of $175, which is proposing a study to look at finances of the state budget and appropriations to K-12 education;
--Approved a $2,000 contract for Marcus Lewis as a marching band visual coordinator retroactive to July;
--Approved consent agenda.
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Original headline: District has urgent need for bus drivers
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