The transportation employees are also seeking a pay increase for driving school buses on field trips and extra runs with pay starting at a minimum of $14.65 per hour.
“Right now for all other special routes, like field trips, drivers get paid $9.14 per hour,” Wilson said. “We also like you to take into consideration extra pay for routes that are longer and some routes that are challenging.”
Wilson also shared a list of possible employee incentives as a way to boost moral within the department, including fair labor practices, employee trips, education or tuition reimbursement, health club reimbursement, a bonus for less than 90 percent of time missed from work, a county bus rodeo, and pay for monthly meetings and other required attendance in addition to regular route time.
“We need discounts toward cell phone bills, accessible restrooms after the route, ID badges with pictures to identify who we are, and personalized log books to save money on copies of paperwork needed throughout the year,” Wilson said. “We need bus driver handbook in black and white with regulations explaining student consequences because everything we go by is word of mouth from [Transportation Director Donald Tuft].”
In response, board member Harold Simmons, District 2, said the restroom, ID badge and log book issues are good ideas and can easily be dealt with.
“I do like the ID badge idea because it’s a security issue and it’s good for people to know you work for the school system. The bus driver handbook concerns me; we need to work on that and know what parameters as bus drivers can and cannot do,” he said. “I do believe bus drivers are an asset to this school district and we’re not overlooking you. We appreciate what you do, and we’re going to do the best we can to get some of these things you desire.”