• Tulsa Public Schools in need of school bus drivers during shortage

    By: Mariah Ellis

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    TULSA, Okla. - QUICK FACTS:

    • Tulsa public Schools is in need of more bus drivers.
    • Some parents say they’re concerned after their children have arrived to school late multiple times. 
    • Director of Transportation of Tulsa Public Schools, Steve Blakely, told FOX23 they are aware of a bus driver shortage, in fact, he says it’s been a crisis nation-wide for schools the last five years. 
    • A big part of the shortage is competing districts but mostly the pay, according to Blakely. He says drivers make about $12.36, which is has increased over the last 3 years.

    Some say they’re concerned after their children have arrived to school late multiple times. 

    Mother of two, Stephanie Devault, says both of her girls, 8 and 9 years old, wait for the bus before heading to Patrick Henry Elementary. However, she says she’s received several calls from the girls wondering where their bus is at. Devault says after a week of calls, she decided to wait with her children Friday morning to see the situation herself. She says the bus didn’t show up until 7:35 a.m. and class starts at 7:30am.

    Devault told FOX23 the girls weren’t tardy after the school was notified, but says it’s unfortunate that they have to miss 20-30 minutes of learning.

    FOX23 reached out to Director of Transportation of Tulsa Public Schools, Steve Blakely, who says they are aware of a bus driver shortage, in fact, he says it’s been a crisis nation-wide for schools the last five years. 

    Blakely says currently, they’re short about 18 drivers which means more drivers have had to pick up additional routes. Blakely says the problems arise when drivers call in sick and routes change. 

    A big part of the shortage is competing districts but mostly the pay, according to Blakely. He says drivers make about $12.36, which is has increased over the last 3 years.

    However, parents like Devault say it’s not just a concern if children showing up on time, but also a concern for children’s safety while they wait, many without parents, for their ride to school.

    You can apply to become a bus driver on the Tulsa Public School's website.


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