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Charleston County drivers approve deal with Durham

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The school bus drivers union has voted to approve their contract with Durham School Services in Charleston County on Saturday. This vote ends the negotiations, which have been on-going since July.

The Charleston County School District Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley issued the following statement on Saturday.

"Charleston County School District has received official notification that bus drivers voted to approve their contract offer earlier today. I know you'll join me in expressing our collective relief that a definitive agreement has been reached between Durham School Services and the Teamsters Union.

Buses will operate as normal on Monday, and this strike threat is behind us.

I applaud the leadership and our drivers for resolving this situation without a work stoppage. I want to thank all of our media partners for their diligence in providing information and updates to the community.

Thank you to our principals, teachers and staff; our Incident Command Team; and thank you especially to parents and community members. I truly appreciate the patience exhibited by everyone as we waited in anticipation of this outcome.

This situation was stressful, but it was a great reminder of the positive power of community. Your preparedness and willingness to help was outstanding. It's going to be a busy spring, and soon this will seem like it's far in the past, but I wanted to take this moment to share my gratitude with everyone in the community."

Durham School Services released this statement to News 2 Saturday afternoon.

"We received notice of the ratification in Charleston today and are very pleased to be moving forward under all three agreements for the next five years. We appreciate the patience of the Beaufort, Charleston and Dorchester employees, customers and communities as we worked through the bargaining process. Durham continues to be committed to providing safe, reliable transportation to your students."

Drivers have also agreed to new deals recently in Dorchester and Beaufort counties.

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