The school year is beginning with a bus driver shortage in the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District.
Despite its recruiting efforts, the district has an insufficient number of bus drivers and attendants, said Ted Welch, business administrator, during the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.
“For the first time anyone can remember, we don’t have enough drivers or attendants,” he said.
After advertising in local newspapers and trying to recruit at the Western New York Dairy and Agricultural Festival in June, the district still falls short.
Welch, who also serves as the transportation supervisor, voiced surprise about the small number of drivers and attendants, considering that the part-time positions do provide benefits.
“It’s going to be an unsettling fall,” he said. “We’ll be using a lot of subs.”
On the positive side, Marlene Golabek, the bus driver injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer April 30, passed her physical performance test, Welch told the board.
In another matter, the board unanimously approved eliminating a pair of full-time teacher’s aide positions.
Tammy Riter and Patricia Erb, who had the least seniority, worked in those positions.
The board also accepted the retirement of Robert Piatko, a monitor who started working in the district in 2001.