Tri-State Schools Facing Staffing Shortages

As the school year approaches, many schools within the tri-state are facing a staffing shortage once again.

Posted: Jul 19, 2021 10:13 PM

In the Henderson County School District, there over 50 job postings on their website.

And it's a jump from even last year's need.

The main reason? As with many school districts across the tri-state, the threat of Covid-19.

"I love interacting with the kids," said six-year veteran bus driver Melissa Crawford. 

And even though she said her kids handled wearing masks on the bus well during the 2020-2021 school year, it was still difficult, without more drivers to help ease the load.

"We need more drivers," Crawford said. "Sign up. It's a job."

Currently, they have 80 drivers, but it is not nearly enough.

"We're hoping to take those, once they get their CDLs, and roll them immediately into full time route drivers for us," said Wes Alexander, director of transportation for Henderson County Schools. "And right now we could probably use another 15 drivers to help ease the pain on some of these open routes."

And without the right staff, it makes the routes more difficult.

"It's very hard. You have to double, triple routes,"  Crawford said. "You have more kids to take care of it. It's more responsibility."

"It effects our students getting to school on time," said Megan Mortis, public relations officer for Henderson County Schools. "Because it is quite critical we have enough drivers to fill those positions."

Administrators ask people to apply immediately, with school starting so soon.

"A lot of the times this is the first smile they see and the last one they see when they get off the bus," Anderson said.

While the Henderson district needs about 50 jobs filled, over at EVSC, they have more than double that amount of openings.

The Evansville Catholic Diocese is also in major need of substitute teachers.

They are even hosting a substitute teacher express application clinic from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Catholic Center on Thursday. 

For now, there has been no decision made in Henderson on whether or not masks will be required on the school bus this upcoming

school year or if they will be a hybid model again.

A decision may be made Monday night.

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