The Impact of the School Bus Driver Shortage on Utica Schools

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UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – Durham School Services is one of the many bus companies currently experiencing a shortage in drivers. Local school authorities spoke with us about how this shortage has affected students so far this year.

“I can tell you that Utica City School District is experiencing bus issues we have kids that are being brought in late, but it appears that its getting a little better as time moves forward which is good,” said Bruce Karam, Superintendent of the Utica City School District.

Durham School Services provides transportation to students who live in Utica, but go to Notre Dame Schools. Executive Principal Roy Kane says that his students are also experiencing delays, but most routes are getting better as we continue into the school year. Kane tells us that he is in contact with the company everyday to discuss the status of the issue, and the school is making accommodations for these students.

“We opened early in the morning so that folks can drop off their youngsters a bit earlier supervised, but also keeping the buildings opened a little bit later as well to accommodate those who are waiting for the bus. Additionally, in the high school campus we went ahead and built in collegiate office hours to make up for time that may with arriving late,” said Kane.

Both Karam and Kane tell us that Durham is doing everything that they can to hire workers and get the issue under control. As of right now, they are looking at a two to two and a half week time frame until we start to see this situation start to get fixed.

“There’s shortages all over so it’s not just inherent to Utica New York. I know that they promised us to do the best they can to hire as many bus drivers to recruit bus drivers and train them over the next several weeks.

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