September 8, 2022
Dear Southern Boone School District Family,
One of the many great things about the Southern Boone community is the passion and support that parents, families, and district patrons have for our students, staff, and schools. When the school district faces a challenge, we know and appreciate that we can lean on the community for help. That is what we’re having to do right now as we start the new school year.
Like many school districts in our area and across the country, the Southern Boone School District is experiencing a severe bus driver shortage. Due to the ongoing shortage and increase in student enrollment, our school buses are near or at full capacity. If possible, we are encouraging parents to drop off and pick up their children to help with overcrowding on buses, especially in the afternoons.
Another way the community can help is by becoming a bus driver for the school district. We are in need of drivers to help with bus routes, trips to sporting events, and other school-related activities. The district is also looking to hire substitute bus drivers that can be available to fill in as needed. Anyone currently with a CDL, or wanting to get their CDL, is encouraged to apply. The school district will provide paid training to employees getting their CDL.
As we start the new school year, the transportation department is about five bus drivers short of being able to adequately fill the needs of bus routes and school-related trips on a routine basis. These bus driver positions are great for people who are retired, are looking for a part-time job, or would just like to help supplement their income. You can learn more about becoming a bus driver or apply online by clicking this link.
The bus driver shortage the school district is facing is not based on finances. The Southern Boone School District has the budget and school buses needed to provide the necessary transportation to our students. We just do not have enough drivers to meet the demand of our growing school district. This is the unfortunate reality we are facing, along with many other school districts in Mid-Missouri and throughout the country.
We hope that asking for help from parents with dropping off and picking up students and hiring additional bus drivers will prevent the district from having to make changes to bus routes and other transportation services.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school district’s Transportation Director Ashley Bruce at 573-657-2146 or email email@example.com. You can also contact central office for more information.
Thank you for your continued support of our students, staff, and school district.
Yours in education,
Dr. Tim Roth