Bus driver shortages in Iredell County leading to parent frustrations

IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. — Some students in Iredell County are missing school because the district doesn’t have enough buses to pick them all up.

It has been a problem Channel 9 has been following since the school year started.

The district has 196 buses and reported last week that 37 buses didn’t have drivers.

Channel 9 contacted the district Wednesday for an update.

Officials said they have 20 people taking classes to become bus drivers.

Woodland Heights is one of the schools in the district where bus routes are being canceled. The cancellations are causing hardship for several parents, like Tanisha McCorkle, who said she can’t always drive her children to school because she has to be at work.

“It’s been like an inconvenience to the both of us, because we’re running back and forth from two, three different cities trying to make sure she’s getting to school safe or if she can’t, you know, yeah, just can’t let her go,” she said.

>> In the video at the top of the page, Channel 9′s Almiya White spoke with McCorkle about her frustrations, and learns what the district is trying to do to fill the open positions.

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