SAN ANGELO – The San Angelo Independent School District will start classes next week without enough bus drivers to run all routes, so some students who need to ride a bus to school will not have that option.
According to the SAISD, like school districts and businesses across the United States, San Angelo ISD is also experiencing an unprecedented bus driver shortage and increased student ridership.
SAISD is addressing the shortage with a temporary delay of bus transportation for our high school students, in grades 9-12, at Central High School, Central High School on Oakes, and Lake View High School for the first two weeks of school.
We currently have eight bus routes without drivers for the start of the school year, and are looking to hire 12 bus drivers for the 2022-2023 school year. Transportation for high school students will resume Tuesday, September 6, 2022 after the Labor Day holiday.
There will be no change to elementary and middle school bus routes.
San Angelo ISD administrators and board members are diligently working on a solution to our bus driver shortage. On Monday, August 15, 2022, the SAISD Board of Trustees will consider and vote on a recommendation by the administration to increase bus driver starting pay from $15 per hour to $20 per hour.
We understand the inconvenience this temporary change will cause our families. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we look to resolve this challenge. To stay up-to-date on San Angelo ISD, follow the SAISD Facebook, Twitter, and website, www.saisd.org.