Some Bussing Restored in Northwood Following Driver Shortage

Aug 31, 2017

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High schoolers in the town of Northwood now have busses to take them to school again. But the town is still struggling to find drivers for elementary students.

Superintendent Robert Gadomski says he's been able to rehire one of the drivers from the town’s old bus company and contract out a route to a bus company in Durham.

The driver shortage earlier forced the school board to cancel bussing for high school students this year.

Elementary students are still starting their school day at 10am because of the shortage.

“It’s a step in the right direction. At this point I’m cautiously optimistic that by Thanksgiving, hopefully we can look at getting back to our normal schedule.”

Gadomski says two more drivers are currently in training but they won’t be ready until mid-October.

Cities and towns across the country, including in Wakefield, New Hampshire have been dealing a shortage of school bus drivers.