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District trying to solve bus driver shortage

The Colleton County School District hosted a Saturday school bus driver expo at Wal-Mart in Walterboro.

Colleton County’s school bus driver shortage continues, as the district is still doing double runs and officials struggle to find and retain skilled bus drivers.
On Saturday, the Colleton County School District hosted a bus driver job fair at Wal-Mart in Walterboro. With a bus on scene and applications in hand, the 2-hour fair was meant to lure new drivers to the district by giving them a hands-on idea of what it would take to drive a school bus. Existing drivers were also on hand to answer questions, and even snacks were available for job seekers. However, fewer than 10 drivers turned out for the public event. By 11 a.m., only two people had signed up as being “interested” in driving, according to workers at the event. Meanwhile, the district’s transportation department is still forced to do double-runs on at least 10 of the district’s bus routes. Colleton County’s school bus driver shortage continues, as the district is still doing double runs and officials struggle to find and retain skilled bus drivers.
On Saturday, the Colleton County School District hosted a bus driver job fair at Wal-Mart in Walterboro. With a bus on scene and applications in hand, the 2-hour fair was meant to lure new drivers to the district by giving them a hands-on idea of what it would take to drive a school bus. Existing drivers were also on hand to answer questions, and even snacks were available for job seekers. However, fewer than 10 drivers turned out for the public event. By 11 a.m., only two people had signed up as being “interested” in driving, according to workers at the event. Meanwhile, the district’s transportation department is still forced to do double-runs on at least 10 of the district’s bus routes.

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