LAKEVIEW — The Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education voted Monday evening to allow Superintendent Kyle Hamlin to come up with a more competitive wage for the school system’s bus drivers.
In recent months, Lakeview has had a difficult time finding qualified drivers willing to work for the wage previously offered. According to Board President Edward Jonaitis, neighboring districts currently offer higher salaries to their drivers.
Because of this, drivers have been leaving the school system to take jobs elsewhere. Considering it costs about $2,000 to train new drivers, this ongoing attrition is costing the system more than would the higher wages.
Currently, the school system is operating three drivers short of what is needed. Hamlin and an administrative team will develop a salary offer for new drivers “as soon as possible.”