BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The bus driver shortage in Buffalo has led to the approval of a new pilot program for parents, which could take effect in mid-November.
The Buffalo School Board voted yes to the proposal of paying parents who want to drive their kids to school. They would get roughly 62 cents per mile traveled.
The school board approved more than $856,000 for the program, in which 1,500 parents would be paid.
“I’m not convinced that this is going to be an effective solution and throwing more money at this problem is certainly something that makes me uncomfortable,” said board member Larry Scott who voted against the pilot program.
He believes the company First Student should do more to hire drivers.
“I think we should start with first student, and them having to step up, and at least own the responsibility that’s laid out in their contract to deliver on what they’re expected to do,” Scott said.
Board member Sharon Belton-Cottman supports the program and says this is the district’s attempt to address the shortage.
“This is an out of the box solution, Buffalo is treading on new water, whether it’s a success or not we’re going to determine that in the near future and we need to try something if this isn’t the solution then what’s next,” Belton-Cottman said.
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