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Schools in southwest Ohio kept out Covid. But they couldn’t keep the buses running.

Alex Hazlett, NBC News |

Like many public school districts around the country, Centerville City Schools near Dayton started the year off remotely for the 8,000 kids it serves. Based on recommendations from local public health officials, the district didn’t resume in-person classes until mid-October.

It didn’t last. By late October, Superintendent Tom Henderson said the district was scrambling every day to find teachers for 90 to 115 classrooms, competing with other districts for substitutes. At one point, Henderson and his team were filling in teacher gaps hour by hour when substitutes and full-time teachers had planning periods. Crucial support staff members were also tough to find. Some days, they didn’t have enough school bus drivers.

JCPS’s Integration Equation: Has It Paid Off?

Jess Clark – WFPL |

This story is the third in a 5-part series on the proposed student assignment plan, and what it could mean for JCPS’s legacy of integration, and the future. A new story will post online each morning this week.

The discrimination Black students faced in integrated schools in 1975, and continue to face now, is one reason why some Black Louisvillians question whether integration is working — and whether it’s worth risking resegregation for good schools in their own neighborhoods. 

Once An Integration Model, Louisville’s Schools Risk Resegregating To Offer Choice

Jess Clark – WFPL |

This story is the first in a 5-part series on the proposed student assignment plan and what it could mean for Jefferson County Public Schools’ (Kentucky) legacy of integration, as well as the district’s future. A new story will post online each morning this week at WFPL.

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State says Dayton Public Schools bus driver ‘sickout’ Friday, Monday constitutes unauthorized strike

WHIO |

After 82 bus drivers called off work Friday, leaving students stranded at bus stops with no contingency plan in place, Dayton Public Schools argued those drivers violated the bus drivers’ contract with the district by staging an unauthorized strike, public records show.

The state employment relations board ruled in the favor of the school district Monday afternoon after over an hour of testimony.

Three Rivers approves interim transportation supervisor

TRLSD |

Kim O’Meara has been board-approved as the Interim Transportation Supervisor through June 2021. Kim has been with the District since 2009, serving much of that time as a bus driver. 

Following Tim Wagner’s acceptance as Director of Facilities with Finneytown Schools in late October, the search for his replacement in the Transportation Department began. The decision was made that the Department could continue to thrive under the leadership of an interim supervisor through the current school year.

Dayton-area schools see busing problems for different reasons, some COVID-19 related

Dayton Daily News |

Fairborn and Troy city schools will not bus students to school Tuesday because of a number of bus drivers are quarantining or tested positive for COVID-19.

Kettering, meanwhile, has a “crisis shortage” of bus drivers as it returned to in-person instruction Monday for the first time since March, said Kari Basson, Kettering’s head of community relations. Kettering’s problem involves six schools, is expected to continue and is not directly due to — but complicated by — the coronavirus, Basson said.

Groveport Madison suspends school busing for 2 weeks due to COVID

The Columbus Dispatch |

An outbreak of COVID-19 among transportation staff in the Groveport Madison school district means students will be without buses for two weeks, starting Monday.

Because any bus drivers who were in close contact with the infected employees must quarantine, the district no longer has enough drivers for its routes. The district contracts with a Cincinnati-based company, Petermann, to hire its drivers. 

As of this past Friday morning, seven transportation employees have tested positive for the virus.

Local bus driver uses extra time from shorter route due to COVID-19 to read to kids before school

WLWT |

Due to COVID-19 making her bus route shorter with fewer kids attending in-person classes, Karen Borgemenke is taking the few extra minutes to read to her riders before they start their day.

“With less students, my route is shorter, so rather than impact the parents’ schedules and adjust route times, I thought it would be nice to keep the same route times, get to school a few minutes early, and read to the kids with that extra time,” Borgemenke said.

Borgemenke picks up books from the library every week to read to the students once they arrive at the school’s parking lot.

She reads to the kids from the front of the bus and asks them questions about each book. She will visit the Clearcreek Elementary School library every week to select books that interest the students.

Dayton-area school districts experiencing bus driver shortage complicated by COVID pandemic

Dayton Daily News |

Todd Silverthorn, the transportation supervisor at Kettering City Schools and vice president of the Ohio Association of Pupil Transportation, said the bus driver shortage has been an issue for his district for about three years and it is continuously getting worse.

About 40% of respondents to that National Association for Pupil Transportation survey said they’re experiencing a moderate bus driver shortage, which is a shortage of about 6% or 10%. Ten percent of respondents said their shortage is “desperate,” or more than 16% short, the data said.

Fairborn busing issue disagreement resolved ahead of state meeting

WKEF/WRGT |

Fairborn had asked the state on Tuesday to determine whether Monday’s absences constituted an unauthorized strike when 22 bus drivers called off work early that morning.

The matter prompted an emergency meeting with the State Employment Relations Board, but before the matter could be discussed, the union –Dayton Public Service Union Local 101 — and the district came to an agreement Thursday morning.

Fairborn students back in person after bus drivers call off work

Dayton Daily News |

Fairborn City Schools students were back in person on Tuesday after about a third of the district’s bus drivers were absent on Monday and a hearing has been called to determine if what those drivers did was an unauthorized strike.

Stacey Benson-Taylor, regional director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 8, which is the parent organization of the union that represents bus drivers, said bus drivers may have called off for coronavirus-related reasons, but this was “absolutely not” an authorized work stoppage or a coordinated effort on the employees part. The Dayton Public Service Union is the union that represents the Fairborn bus drivers.

Fairborn called a hearing with the AFSCME and the Ohio State Employment Relations Board to determine whether the employees’ actions constituted as an unauthorized strike. That meeting will be held online at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Fairborn schools have had more issues with COVID-19 than most schools in the Miami Valley.

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