Bus Route Changes
Patrons of Pleasanton Schools,
We are experiencing a very difficult situation in regard to our ability to hire and maintain bus route drivers. This is an issue facing many rural and metropolitan schools. In order to lessen the time students are on the bus both morning and night, we have tried to staff five routes every day. With frequent substitutions from bus driver certified teaching and administrative staff, we have generally been able to keep that five route schedule.
However, we have very recently been notified that due to a change in employment, one of our regular route drivers will no longer be able to drive after January. Another current route driver has given us very strong indications that they will retire at the end of this school year. Should that occur, we will have a maximum of 3 full time route drivers going into next fall.
We have advertised for bus drivers each of the four years I have been superintendent, and unfortunately the response has always been very underwhelming!! We have managed to pick up a couple of part time drivers here and there, usually via word of mouth, but as much as we appreciate them, their availability is often hit or miss. Our bus driver route pay rates compare favorably with other area schools at $25 per hour.
Due to the recent resignation of one of our regular bus route drivers we will be forced to consolidate our five routes into four. This will mean earlier pick up, and later drop off times for students. We truly apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but at this time we have no other viable options. Looking at contracted busing may provide a solution in the future, most likely at greater expense.
We request your patience and understanding as we are forced to reassign our routes, most likely for the remainder of the school year, in an attempt to maximize the personnel we have. If you know of anyone who may be interested in becoming either a part time, or full time bus route driver, please have them contact the school. Thank you!
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Pleasanton School Board Vacancy
Pleasanton Public Schools will have three school board positions up for election/re-election in the 2020 election cycle. Two incumbent school board members have indicated their intention to run for re-election, while a third board member has decided not to run for re-election.
Anyone interested in filing to run for one of our school board positions may pick up the necessary forms at the Buffalo County Election office or from the Superintendent of Pleasanton Public Schools.
The first day a person may file for office to have their names included on the 2020 election ballot is December 2, 2019. Incumbents have until February 18, 2020 to file for office on the primary ballot. Non-incumbents have until March 2, 2020 to file for office on the primary election. The statewide primary election is on May 12, 2020