Sachem SD cites driver shortage as contributing factor to busing problems

The district recently had problems late last week as several students didn't have a bus show up to pick them up for the first day of school. Several parents also told News 12 that the buses took their kids on different routes, which led to them taking their children to and from school.

News 12 Staff

Sep 11, 2023, 11:16 AM

Updated 259 days ago

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The Sachem Central School District had hoped to have its busing problems rectified by Monday, but parents say the issue has persisted.
The district recently had problems late last week as several students didn't have a bus show up to pick them up for the first day of school. Several parents also told News 12 that the buses took their kids on different routes, which led to them taking their children to and from school.
"They tell us they're going to have it situated by Monday and then we get a call that he is not going to have a bus until at minimum Wednesday, and they're not sure about that," says parent Jose Rivera.
Rivera is relying on family to pick up his 6-year-old son.
Superintendent Dr. Christopher J. Pellettieri acknowledged that the problem is being complicated by a bus driver shortage.
Pellettieri issued a statement saying, "We continue to take this matter very seriously and are looking into other alternatives to address the situation, while still working alongside WE Transport. We apologize to all the families still affected for this inconvenience."
The district would not expand on what other alternatives they are looking into at this time.
News 12 reached out to WE Transport but did not hear back.


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