A critical shortage of bus drivers is forcing Edmond Public Schools to consolidate bus stops in some neighborhoods and discontinue bus service to a handful of neighborhoods that are within one mile from a neighborhood school.

“Three weeks ago, we were down 17 drivers. In just a few short weeks, we have lost an additional 12 drivers for a total of 29 drivers to date. Without enough drivers, we will not be able to meet the daily demands of safely transporting students once school begins August 18,” said Transportation Director Kenny Chamlee.

Despite aggressive advertising, the district has been unable to fill a number of open bus driver positions.

“The shortage of drivers has forced us to examine our routes and look for places where we can be more efficient,” explained Chamlee. “By consolidating an overabundance of bus stops in some neighborhoods and discontinuing service to a few neighborhoods which will  affect about 170 or so students, we can significantly improve the service we provide to the 8,000 students who rely on us for transportation every day.”

The state does not reimburse Edmond Public Schools for bus service to neighborhoods that are within one mile from a school. However, as a courtesy, the district has provided it to dozens of neighborhoods for many years.

“We are only eliminating bus service in neighborhoods where students can safely walk to their neighborhood school,” said Superintendent Bret Towne. “It’s a difficult decision but one that is necessary. We will carefully monitor the situation and if the bus driver shortage improves, it’s possible that we could re-establish bus service to those affected neighborhoods.”

Bus service from the following neighborhoods to the affected school will be discontinued for the 2017-2018 school year.

Neighborhood                                                School Affected

  • Belmont Farms                                         Cross Timbers Elementary
  • Brasswood                                                 Charles Haskell Elementary
  • MarbleLeaf                                                Charles Haskell Elementary
  • Cheyenne Crossing                                  Cheyenne Middle School
  • Covell  Village                                           Cheyenne Middle School
  • Greens at Coffee Creek Apts.                 Cheyenne Middle School
  • Prairie Village at Coffee Creek               Cheyenne Middle School
  • Touchmark  at Coffee Creek                   Cheyenne Middle School
  • Westborough                                             John Ross Elementary
  • Hawk Landing                                          John Ross Elementary

 

In addition, the following neighborhoods will experience a reduction of bus stops for 2017-2018. Parents are encouraged to go to the bus information icon on the home page to search for their bus stop.http://edmondschools.net/parents-students/transportation/
Neighborhood

Brenton Hills

 School Affected

Summit Middle School

Chateau Ida Freeman Elementary School
Cheyenne Crossing ENHS/John Ross Elementary School
Coffee Creek John Ross Elementary School
Copper Creek SFHS/West Field Elementary School
Covell Village John Ross Elementary School
Creekside/Glen Oaks Charles Haskell Elementary School
Fairfield Sunset Elementary School
Fenwick SFHS/West Field Elementary School
Fossil Creek SFHS/Summit Middle School
La Sonata Frontier Elementary School
Meadow Lakes Ida Freeman Elementary School
Northwood EMHS/Cimarron Middle School
Pebble Creek Cheyenne Middle School /John Ross Elementary School
Ripple Creek Sunset Elementary School
Seminole Pointe SFHS/Summit Middle School
Sheffield Glen Summit Middle School
Sonoma Lake SFHS/Summit Middle School
Spring Creek EMHS/Cimarron Middle School
Summer Oaks Sunset Elementary School
Swan Lake Ida Freeman Elementary School
Thomas Trails Cheyenne Middle School
Thorn Hill Heartland Middle School /Frontier Elementary School
Twin Oaks SFHS
Valencia West Field Elementary/Heartland Middle School & SFHS

 

“In some neighborhoods we have up to 20 stops with drivers stopping every few houses. By reducing the stops and asking students to walk just a bit farther, we can ultimately provide faster, more efficient service to all riders,” said Chamlee.

Individuals who are interested in being a bus driver for Edmond Public Schools can apply online by clicking the careers quick link on the home page and looking for support positions. http://edmondschools.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Support-Posting-08-07-2017.pdf

“The flexibility of a driver’s schedule makes it an excellent job for retirees, retired military personnel, college students and single parents who desire the same school schedule as their children.  Drivers also receive training as well as teachers’ retirement and insurance,” explained Chamlee.

Staring pay for a driver is currently $12.60 per hour. Prospective drivers should have a clean driving record with no more than two moving violations in a three-year period.