On any given day, drive through town and you will see hundreds of people wandering the streets, out of work. Many of these people are graduates of District 150 schools. None of these people are fit to drive a school bus for District 150. Apparently the bus driver pool here in P-Town is so low, the District has to bus bus drivers into our City.
Interesting concept, will these bus drivers live in Peoria for the term of their contract (90 days)? Who will pay for their room and board? I suppose if First Student is getting $280 per day, per bus driver, they can afford to pay the drivers a decent enough salary to leave their homes (and family) and come to Peoria. Something about this is just not right...
District starts contracted bus drivers a week early
Immediate busing needs have prompted Peoria District 150 to enter into an agreement with a private contractor one week before originally announced.
First Student — based in Naperville with a facility on Airport Road — began providing drivers for District 150 buses on Sept. 20, about a week ahead of Monday’s originally agreed-upon start. According to Bob Rutkowski, area general manager for First Student, 12 drivers have come to Peoria from out of the area with more on the way.
“We are currently running 12 routes for District 150,” Rutkowski said Monday. “And they have asked us to take an additional five (routes) starting next week.”
Although no signed contract is currently in place, District 150 comptroller Dave Kinney said the District is asking First Student for a contract of 90 calendar days (58 school days). The school district has agreed to pay $280 per day per driver.
At the start of this school year, District 150 reduced its bus routes in a plan that estimated savings at more than $600,000. Source