ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — From teachers to food service workers to custodians, Anne Arundel County Public School leaders say the district is struggling to fill open roles.
“We are hiring. It has been difficult. Our colleagues, both around the state and around the country, are suffering the same,” said George Arlotto, AACPS Superintendent of Schools.READ MORE: Anne Arundel County Board Of Education Approves $7.4M School Bus Driver Plan
In particular, those who take students to and from school, bus drivers.
“On any given single day, we’ve got drivers that are in COVID quarantine or drivers on sick leave or other things. It’s sort of a very dynamic situation,” said Alex Szachnowicz, Chief Operating Officer, AACPS.READ MORE: 'It's Terrible': Frustrated Parents In Anne Arundel County React To School Bus Driver Shortages, Officials Say They Are Working To Resolve Problem
Right now, Anne Arundel County Public School’s Chief Operating Officer says the district is short about 60 bus drivers but, they’re doing everything they can to stay afloat and address the shortage. They have been consolidating routes, partnering up with the City of Annapolis to use its public transportation buses for students along with recruitment and retention efforts.
“Dr. Lindsey and a college is partnering with AAWDC to offer CDL classes to get more drivers into the pipeline of course some of which will come to the schools,” said Szachnowicz.
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education recently approved a $7.4 million budget for school bus drivers and attendants which has been forwarded to the county executive.MORE NEWS: School Bus Drivers In Anne Arundel County On Strike, Demanding Better Working Conditions
They are set to vote on it in November.