The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to propose raising wages for busing staff and teacher assistants at its meeting last week.
The issue of job vacancies among bus drivers has been a persistent issue for the school district, and the shortage of bus drivers makes it difficult for buses to run according to schedule and transport school students in a timely manner.
Since the economic crisis of 2008, bus drivers, bus monitors and teacher assistants have received hourly wages and salary benefits from the state that are lower than the state maximum, making it difficult for the system to recruit and retain employees for those positions.
The Board and school administrators discussed increasing the wages for bus drivers and adjusting their salary schedule as the next step toward attracting new employees and making CHCCS more competitive in the job market.
Jennifer Bennett, assistant superintendent for business and finance for the district, presented a proposed salary adjustment scale to the board, which covers salaries of bus drivers, bus monitors and teacher assistants in the district.