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Transportation: Review Policies Concerning Mid-day Bus Trips

Modify West Virginia Code and state Board policies to eliminate the requirement for counties to pay additional compensation for bus drivers who do bus runs during regular work hours (focus is on mid-day runs).

Estimated cost savings
$900,000 per year and $4 million over five years if 80 percent of counties reimburse in the same manner as Harrison County.

Currently, 35 counties pay for mid-day trips within normal business hours. In 2010-2011, 23,599 trips were made. The runs take 30 to 60 minutes, but reimbursement is for two hours.
Policy change(s) required
This recommendation does not necessitate a policy or Code change. However, implementation would require a two-thirds vote of all district bus drivers.
Actions already underway
N/A
WVBOE response
The WVBOE agrees with the spirit of the recommendation. This recommendation does not necessitate a policy or Code change. However, a two-thirds vote of all district bus drivers is required. Possible alternatives include:

  • Schedule regular 8-hour work days as in Kanawha County to include mid-day runs; consider using drivers to assist schools as an additional aide during open times during the 8-hour day.

  • Standardize compensation for mid-day runs to a fixed fee.

  • Bank unused hours based on an 8-hour day that may be used for mid-day or special runs.