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  • Districts statewide struggling to staff their school bus routes

    Jill Sundby Van Alstyne, Montana Free Press|Oct 13, 2021

    Despite offering perks, paid training, and higher wages, school districts and bus companies across Montana are scrambling to fill vacant school bus driver positions. Though there is a continual need for drivers every year, transportation managers say that schools this fall are experiencing the most extreme need they have seen. They point to a national labor shortage, the effects of COVID-19, and competition from other jobs and unemployment benefits as possible causes. Managers and bus drivers... Full story