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COVID-19 Impacting Key Positions Within School Districts

Retirements could impact staffing for local school districts.

Posted: Nov 11, 2020 5:54 PM
Updated: Nov 11, 2020 6:29 PM

As virtual classes become the norm bus drivers are finding their future uncertain.

"I became a school bus driver, you're the first one they see in the morning you tell them hello, have a good day, you're the last one you see when they go home" says long time bus driver Debbie Holmes.

With thousands of children enrolled in virtual classes, the number of students on school buses across the Tri-State have lessened.

"Between all of us we have 102 years of experience driving school buses on the streets of Evansville" adds 29-year veteran bus driver Vicki Market.

Karen Williams, spent nearly three decades as a school bus attendant with EVSC, like many faculty and staff the long time bus monitor retiring before contracting COVID-19.

Williams says "I know there is a lot of other people that are getting ready to retire if they haven't retired already, 10 that I know of".

EVSC School Board members say more educators and staff members are contemplating early retirement because of the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic.

EVSC special needs school bus monitor Lea Holmes says "We just really need more people to apply, to help build our numbers do to the drastic toll we have taken because of the pandemic".

Bus drivers in other school districts throughout the Tri-State are currently laid off, facing unemployment challenges, some drivers struggling, still waiting on unemployment benefits to kick in.

"I feel for the drivers sitting at home, we have a lot of open positions if they would come drive with us we would be happy to have them" says Market.

Just a month ago in Warwick County nine bus drivers quarantined after being exposed to the virus.

Over the last two decades Karen Borst has been on EVSC bus 123, the special needs driver says "At first i was afraid of covid being on the bus with all the children, we now spray and take care of everything, i am not afraid of it anymore".

EVSC school officials say they're always looking for sub teachers, food service workers and of course school bus drivers, to apply for one of these positions click here: https://district.evscschools.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=74772&pageId=158380

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