BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The numbers in the Buffalo Public Schools’ bus driver shortage are different than expected.

According to School Board President Louis Petrucci, it was expected that First Student would be short roughly 100 drivers by now, but the actual number is closer to half that.

The School Board voted last week to allow the district to spend more than $850,000 on a program that pays parents to drive their children to school. 1,500 parents would be able to participate in the program, but none have been selected yet.

The goal is that if enough parents participate, the district won’t need as many bus drivers.

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