LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - The Lauderdale County School District says it's facing a major substitute bus driver shortage.
The shortage has been an issue for more than a year now, but it's now a serious problem.
In fact, the principal and coach at West Lauderdale High School are having to fill in as bus drivers.
The school district's transportation department is doing all it can to recruit applicants, including printing 'help wanted' flyers, making signs and posting on social media.
"We're going to have this need all the way through to the end of May. Our goal as it is every year is to make sure we got many individual on hand to make sure we can cover the needs as they come up," said transportation director, Tim Moore.
"We have to get those kids home every day. It's not something that we mind doing. It is something that we want to alleviate if we can by hopefully gaining more drivers, so we won't have to pull those people from areas where they need to be," said principal Shane Rogers.
Full and part-time substitute bus drivers are needed. Qualified applicants must have a commercial Class B drivers' license along with an air braking endorsement and a passenger endorsement.
To apply call 601- 485-0847 or go online to the Lauderdale County Schools website by clicking the attached link.