Teacher, bus driver shortages not a big issue for first day of school


Most Lowcountry school districts will not experience a major teacher and bus driver shortage for the first day of school.

Only one district, Berkeley County has a notable number of teacher vacancies. The others either have just a few or no vacancies.

Berkeley County has 37 openings for teachers. A district spokeswoman says they will use long term subs who are certified teachers.

Colleton County school district has nine teacher vacancies.A spokesman says they will use certified long time teachers to fill in the gaps.

Dorchester District Two has three vacancies and is still processing applications.

Charleston County only has two openings.

A spokesman credits the low number to an increase in pay and aggressive recruiting.

The Georgetown County School district has just a few openings according to a spokesman.

Dorchester District Four says they have a full staff of teachers for the new school year.

When it comes to bus drivers, Berkeley County is short 22 drivers to start the new school year.

A spokeswoman says the district will use 22 temporary drivers and will use other employees that have other jobs with the district.

Colleton County has two uncovered bus routes to start the new year. 

A spokesman says to cover those routes, elementary schools will start an hour earlier.

Middle and high schools will start 30 minutes later than usual.

The Georgetown County school district is down just a few bus drivers.

Bus routes in Charleston County and Dorchester Districts Two and Four are fully staffed.

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