Plan to reimburse bus drivers put in place

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Board of Education has approved a plan to reimburse substitute bus drivers for their training, testing and licensure fees provided they work for the school system for one year.

At Tuesday’s Upshur County Board of Education meeting, superintendent Dr. Sara Stankus pointed out what was different in the new draft of a promissory note for substitute bus drivers.

“Since we tabled it last time, we took the opportunity to meet with bus drivers,” she said. “They wanted two changes. One is the Pay grade D with zero years.

“That would be what we compensate bus drivers who are in the training period for that 52 hours,” she said.

“The second was to change the nine months to one year from the date of hire,” she said. “They said if someone was trained in October you would hold them accountable to the following October and they thought that was a fair to expect someone to work for us for one full year.”

Under the agreement, the Upshur County Board of Education will reimburse the substitute bus driver for one time fees they incur to include the bus operator training, the $55 written fee test, the $100 hands on test and the cost of the licensure fees. As a program incentive for completing a minimum of 52 hours of mandatory substitute bus operate training, the substitute bus driver will receive the amount equivalent to pay grade D with zero years experience for each of those hours.

The Upshur County Board of Education has been advertising for bus drivers and took steps earlier this year to hire two full time substitute bus drivers to help handle a shortage in available bus drivers. Board member Dr. Greenbrier Almond moved, seconded by Alan Suder to approve the promissory note. The motion passed unanimously. Board president Dr. Tammy Samples was absent.

In other business, the board:

*approved a collaborative agreement with Upshur County Board of Education for pre-K center with the Child Development Center of Central West Virginia.

Loudin recused herself from the vote but the motion passed with Almond voting in favor, seconded by Wilkerson.

The board also went into executive session to discuss employee rehabilitation equipment and emerged from the executive session to approve the equipment. Nothing more was said in open session.

*approved a memorandum of understanding for a reunification site with Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.

The next regular meeting of the board of education will be 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Union Elementary School.


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