LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In a new contract with Jefferson County Public Schools, experienced bus drivers were offered incentives to sign up for more "challenging" routes -- but only 13 of those routes were claimed, according to JCPS.
There are 50 bus routes that fall into that category, for which drivers with over three years experience were offered a pay increase of $2 an hour to volunteer for. Chief Operations Officer Michael Raisor said just 13 of those routes were claimed by experienced bus drivers.
"JCPS is disappointed that more experienced drivers did not bid on the troubled routes," Raisor said.
The district has about 950 drivers taking more than 70,000 kids to school every day, but the district had to fill between 75 and 100 positions before the coming school year.
One woman, who's been driving for 10 years, said last month the challenging runs can be intimidating.
"A challenging run consists of one bus driver with 50 plus kids that are out of control, crawling on the floors, jumping over seats, cussing, hitting other students, making obscene gestures, pulling pants down ... You name it, they do it," she said. "And we do have one of those runs at our compound with an elementary school."
A bus route is designated as "challenging" based on a school's number of discipline referrals. JCPS says 38 of the 50 "challenging" routes will have bus monitors to assist.
Bus drivers bid on routes last Tuesday, but only 13 with the qualifications to pick up the incentive bid on the "challenging" routes.
Union president John Stovall says he thinks more drivers would have stepped up to take those tougher routes had they been given more time and more information.
Stovall says they had to get approval from the school board and by the time it passed, only a few days were left for the drivers to decide.
"A lot of them were on vacation, you know this is down time for them so it was hard to get it out," said Stovall.
The left over challenging routes will be assigned to less experienced drivers, some of which will have bus monitors.
The map above shows the locations of schools (blue) served by the routes and the neighborhoods (red) served by the routes.
Here's a list of the routes and the schools they serve (Click here to download spreadsheet):
|Route #||Schools served|
|214||Carrithers Middle School|
|230||Valley High School|
|264||Minor Daniels Academy / Blue Lick / Blake|
|292||Minor Daniels Academy / Jacob Elementary|
|317||Stuart Middle School / Greenwood|
|326||Ramsey Middle School|
|332||Olmsted Academy North / Coral Ridge Fairdale|
|415||Highland Middle School / St. Matthews Elementary|
|457||Frost Academy / Cane Run Elementary|
|470||Carrithers Middle School|
|484||Kammerer Middle School|
|519||Indian Trail Elementary|
|545||Thomas Jefferson Middle School|
|555||Seneca High School|
|575||Minor Daniels Academy / McFerran Elementary|
|603||Kammerer Middle School / Magnet Depot|
|607||Zachary Taylor Elementary|
|678||Ramsey Middle School|
|737||Westport Middle School|
|738||Crosby Middle School|
|756||Minor Daniels Academy / Roosevelt Perry|
|774||Ramsey Middle School|
|775||Ramsey Middle School|
|777||Zachary Taylor Elementary|
|827||Minor Daniels Academy / Coleridge Taylor|
|829||Breckenridge Metropolitan / King|
|830||Minor Daniel Academy / Roosevelt Perry|
|846||Olmsted Academy North / King Elementary|
|925||Westport Middle School|
|927||Crosby Middle School|
|934||Lassiter Middle School / Minors Lane Elementary School|
|942||Iroquois High School / Olmsted Academy North & South / Johnsontown|
|946||Johnson Middle School / Kerrick|
|953||Olmsted Academy North / Jacob Elementary|
|1027||Moore Traditional High School|
|1046||Farnsley Middle School / Dixie Elementary|
|1053||Conway Middle School / Johnsontown|
|1154||Noe Middle School / Shelby Elementary|
|1166||Westport Middle School|
|1218||Noe Middle School / Roosevelt Perry|
|1254||Stuart Middle School / Young Elementary School|
|1266||Stuart Middle School / Gutermuth|
|1274||Lincoln Elementary School|
|1323||Seneca High School / Camp Taylor|
|1341||Liberty High School|
|1519||Noe Middle School / Coleridge Taylor|
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