ECISD Sees Major Bus Driver Shortage Despite Efforts To Attract More Drivers

ECISD Sees Major Bus Driver Shortage Despite Efforts To Attract More Drivers

Odessa, TX (Local big 2 News) - "If we run out of resources, I'm talking about personnel to make that happen, then we will bring some kids to school, turn around and go get some more and get them to schools," said David Morris, ECISD director of transportation.
Odessa, TX (Local big 2 News) - "If we run out of resources, I'm talking about personnel to make that happen, then we will bring some kids to school, turn around and go get some more and get them to schools," said David Morris, ECISD director of transportation.

Morris says it's a reality the district might have to face.

Leaving some schools with students possibly arriving late.

"At the same time, we're experiencing one of the biggest us driver shortages that we've ever had," Morris said.

Morris says they are 48 bus drivers short, the shortest the district has ever been.

"Right now, every driver is helping, every driver is helping," said Elsa Barragan, trip scheduler for ECISD's Department of Transportation.

Barragan schedules the bus drivers, but she says she has to include herself in the schedule.

"I've been driving that I stepped into that office, every single day," Barragan said.

Morris says all staff members from the transportation department have had to take on extra shifts while dealing with shortages in the past.

And with after school activities and trips, many drivers have had to take on double duty.

"We're responsible for getting kids to extra curricular activities. Some of that may be during the school day and some of it is in the evenings or on the weekends," Morris said.

District officials tell me they can only do so much.

This year, officials say they're considering a number of options, from raising the starting pay again, offering more than $14-dollars an hour, to offering additional pay for employees in other departments to drive.

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