FCPS approves pay increase for bus drivers, monitors amid shortage

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Officials are concerned the about driver shortage as more students return to in-person classes.(WDKY)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – The Fayette County Board of Education has approved extra pay for bus drivers and monitors amid a shortage for those positions during the pandemic.

By unanimous vote, board members supported the supplemental pay structure for drivers and monitors as well as a revised hourly pay rate for substitute drivers for the rest of the 2020-21 school year.

Chief Operating Officer Myron Thompson presented the proposal at the board’s March 1 specially called meeting.

Beginning immediately, drivers who complete both their a.m. and p.m. routes will receive a $30 per day bonus, monitors who complete both their a.m. and p.m. routes will get a $20 per day bonus, and substitute drivers will earn $30 an hour (up from $14).

Students in grades K-2 returned the week of Feb. 22 for in-person instruction.

“The first week of bus routes and staff absences revealed that we needed to make an immediate change if we are going to be able to keep our buses running,” said Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm. “This (proposal) will help us get through the next 52 days. We know we’ll need a longer-term solution.”

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