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Triad Transportation Issues - A Letter from the Superintendent

April 13, 2018


Triad Parents,


We apologize for the inconsistency and inconvenience in busing to and from school recently. We are
trying to communicate in a timely manner and will work to improve those efforts. Be assured that our
first priority is student safety and regardless of our struggles to get students to and from school quickly,
we will absolutely ensure that they arrive safely.


Saying this year has been difficult for transportation would be an understatement. We started the year
with 10 regular drivers and only one part-time substitute. A few months into the school year we lost two
drivers for health-related reasons and two more who accepted employment elsewhere. We hired three
drivers to replace them but one was unable to complete training so we had to begin the search for an
additional driver. Simultaneously, we worked with the Champaign County Educational Service Center
in Urbana to hire two drivers as permanent substitutes to be shared between neighboring districts,
including Triad. They have been training but are not yet able to complete the requirements that allow
them to drive. In the past few weeks, we have lost two more drivers to health issues for the foreseeable
future.


The challenge with replacing bus drivers, other than finding quality candidates, is getting them on the
road in a timely manner. With drug testing, background checks, classroom instruction, on-board
instruction and the requirement to pass the actual driving test, it typically takes over two months to get a
driver certified and driving a bus with students.


We have reached out to nearby districts for assistance but none is available because everyone is facing a
shortage of qualified drivers and substitute drivers. We have also investigated using transportation
companies to supplement our service but there are none available in our area.
In summary, the purpose of this letter is first and foremost to apologize for our current transportation
issues, explain what we are doing to fix the problem, explain how we got to this point, and assure
parents that we WILL deliver students to school and home safely.


Sincerely,
Chris Piper
Superintendent for Triad Local Schools





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