Carroll County has a shortage of school bus drivers going into the new school year – and the blame is placed on the new sick leave law.
Mike Hardesty, director of transportation with Carroll County Public Schools, told the Carroll County Times that the next school year will probably suffer from a shortage of drivers, due to the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act.
The contractors who work with the school system have indicated that they need to hire additional substitute drivers to cover for any additional absenteeism.
Hardesty told the Times:
We know some of our major contractors with a large number of buses to man for the opening of school are working hard to make sure they have an adequate number of full-time and part-time drivers.