As School Begins, Districts Around Metro Facing Bus Driver Shortage

August 29, 2018 06:38 PM

With just days remaining before school starts in many districts, a local busing company is scrambling to fill open driver positions.

First Student says it still needs to fill 150 openings in districts across the metro area.


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At least to start, the company plans to bring in drivers from as far away as Rochester and Red Wing to fill the need.

"At the beginning of any school year things are a little rough, a little bumpy," First Student's Jenifer Dotle said. "This year, there may be some additional delays. But there will be a bus there for your child."

Meanwhile, looking at the state's three biggest districts:

  • Minneapolis Public Schools is still looking for 25 drivers.
  • The Anoka-Hennepin School District is fully staffed for the upcoming school year.
  • St. Paul Public Schools reports no shortage.


Joe Mazan

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