District blames driver shortage for student stranded at bus stop

by: Michelle Linn Updated:

Broken Arrow, Okla. —

A Broken Arrow mom reached out to FOX23 about problems with school buses in the Broken Arrow.

She says the bus never showed up Tuesdady morning, and her 2nd grade son was stranded at the bus stop.

By the time he finally got a ride, he was 45 minutes late to school at Aspen Creek Elementary.

Broken Arrow Public Schools Communications Director Shelli Holland-Handy admits, they are dealing with some hiccups the second week of school.

She says they have other staff members driving buses, to help cover the routes.

Holland-Handy says, with all of the growth across the district, new homes popping up, new schools this year, and new routes, they are still working out the kinks.

She also says the district sent an automated voice message to parents last week, asking for patience during the first few weeks of school.

The mom tells FOX23, when she called Broken Arrow Public Schools Transportation Department, Tuesday, to tell them about what happened to her son, she was put on hold for 10 minutes.

She says the secretary asked her to leave a message for the supervisor, and she's still waiting on a call back from him.

Holland-Handy tells FOX23 that in addition to having other staff members driving buses, they've also brought in extra administrative staff, to help answer phones and return concerned parents' calls.

FOX23 checked the district's website, and found they currently have 91 regular bus drivers.

Holland-Handy tells us they are looking to hire about ten new drivers.

It's a split-shift, so it won't work for everyone, but if you are interested, here is a link to the application.