The Monroe County Community School Corporation is using Janitors and Maintenance personnel as bus drivers.
MCCSC Spokesman Andrew Clampitt says the school district faces a driver shortage, after bus service company Auxilio Services failed to fulfill the terms of its contract. He says the staff members go through “the same training and background checks as bus drivers.”
Auxilio Services officially lost its contract for 24 school bus routes on Friday. The Michigan-based company failed to provide the proper equipment and reportedly didn’t hire enough drivers.
Clampitt says MCCSC has raised its drivers’ wages in an effort to attract more applicants.
But Steven Dora, a member of the Bloomington Solidarity Network, says he’s spoken with many drivers who say beneath the pay increase is “an environment of fear and intimidation” at MCCSC.
Mary Blake operated a contract bus route with the school district for 32 years. She says she began to feel intimidated by the MCCSC administration, particularly after Transportation Director Nathan Oliver was hired two years ago.
Clampitt urged any driver with a complaint to come forward to MCCSC administrators.
Clampitt says the school district still needs nearly 40 drivers and is in the process of hiring additional personnel.