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CCISD bus driver shortage leading to problems with its hub system

Posted at 10:27 AM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 13:19:44-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A bus driver shortage has led to a new bus system for some CCISD students, leaving some parents unhappy.

The district is short 30 bus drivers, so its created a "hub-system" for students at so-called "schools-of-choice."

Students who attend those schools are now required to catch the bus at designated "hub" schools.

That's where the problem lies for some working parents.

They must now figure out how to get their kids to and from the hubs, which are sometimes far from home.

"If children aren't picked up by their parents, they may walk home,” said Paul Kennedy, whose children attend Baker Middle School and Windsor Park Elementary School. “It might be a mile and a half home across a busy street, and I think there are some real safety concerns."

CCISD says the hub system creates the most efficient routes using staffing they have available.

Some parents say, it also creates overcrowded buses.

The district is working to hire more drivers.