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School bus driver shortage and delayed routes persist

NEWS10 ABC | by: Giuliana Bruno

Posted: Apr 18, 2023 / 04:07 PM EDT

"Nicholas Vallone, Board President of New York School Bus Contractors Association, said replenishing the aging workforce could be made more difficult by the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in New York. It is still a Schedule 1 controlled substance under federal law, and younger interest in the drug may make matters harder for hiring.

“Every summer that comes and goes, we lose a portion of our older workforce to retirement,” Vallone said, “and right now, we do not see a healthy stream of younger individuals looking at this line of work.”

Still, both Vallone and Karam want to highlight not only the benefits of driving a school bus, like competitive pay, but also the fulfillment of impacting countless students’ lives."

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