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Bus drivers want more pay, better conditions
A group of Oldham County school bus drivers are unhappy about their pay and conditions on their busses. Over the last couple months, drivers have attended school board meetings to express their concerns.
Driver Tami Stevenson said something needs to be done to help with the small raises annually for bus drivers, attendants and mechanics. She also has concerns with disciplinary issues on busses the drivers have to worry about while paying attention to the road. She thinks the problem could be remedied by adding an attendant on every bus.
Driver Carl Schneider said he realizes it is odd to request a pay raise in the middle of the year, but would like to see an increase during the current school year. He said some bus drivers want to form a committee — with the board’s approval — called the Oldham County Bus Driver Association, which would serve to represent drivers’ concerns. Oldham County Schools Superintendent Paul Upchurch said he would respond to their concerns within the next couple weeks.
The Oldham County Schools Web site includes an employment ad noting that the district needs more bus drivers.
“We never have enough,” personnel director Genie Yockey said.
Bus drivers work 25 hours a week and earn $56.82 to $94.71 per day depending on experience, she said.
Crestwood Elementary’s new building on target
Crestwood Elementary students are still on target to enjoy their new school when they return from Christmas break.
Despite some rain delays earlier in the year, Crestwood Elementary is still on target to open in late December, Oldham County Schools Director of Facilities Jim Ewalt told the school board Monday. He said the building is under roof, which has exponentially increased the rate of interior work.
The brick veneer on the building is complete, ventilation units are in place, and electrical work is about 75 percent finished, as crews finish the interior of the building.
NOHS chooses make-up days
North Oldham High School officials settled on the days they’ll make-up to compensate for a delayed start to the school year.
NOHS students will attend Nov. 26 (the day before Thanksgiving), Dec. 22 and Oaks Day – May 1.
These are in addition to the county-wide make-up days due to the power outages Sept. 15 through 19. All Oldham County students will have classes Feb. 16, May 19, 28 and 29.