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Parent complaints linked to CCSD bus driver shortage

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School buses are parked in a yard in Las Vegas. (File/FOX5) School buses are parked in a yard in Las Vegas. (File/FOX5)

The Clark County School District is in the midst of a bus driver shortage and parents are taking notice.

“It’s unnerving when you don’t know where your kid is,” said Leslie Fry, who said her 6-year-old daughter’s school bus was late twice this school year. “When you call the office, no one is [there].”

Fry said the second instance happened Thursday.

“It’s been issues about CCSD not picking up my child or bringing her on dropoff,” Fry said.

Fry got an automated call from the school district saying bus issues forced the kids to stay on campus.

Similarly, another FOX5 viewer complained about delayed bus times. The viewer also said her child’s bus driver asked the kids for directions.

The complaints could be linked to a bus driver shortage.

“We do have right now, 1,497 bus drivers and we have 1,061 positions,” said Melinda Malone with CCSD. “We have about 104 routes that are not being filled by a permanent bus driver.”

CCSD is using temps to cover the vacancies. That includes former bus drivers and bus driver trainers.

“Sometimes the driver is given that route that day,” Malone said. “They are learning as they go. They’re experienced bus drivers but they're not familiar with that particular route so that does cause delays.”

To view the application to become a CCSD bus driver, click here

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