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Berkeley County School bus driver shortage has some parents concerned

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Some Berkeley County parents are concerned about how long their children are waiting for a school bus.

Buses are moving as fast as they can at Sangaree Intermediate School. Some parents say that buses are making multiple trips to pick up kids because there aren't enough buses.

Tiffany Foley is the mother of two Sangaree Intermediate students, "The biggest issue for me is coming home. Because you know, you expect your child to get off the bus and come home at a certain time. But since school has started, it's been like two hours after school has been dismissed that they've been getting home."

Monica Pope is a mother of three. She is neighbors with Tiffany in the Weatherstone subdivision, "They're supposed to be at the school at 7. But sometimes the bus doesn't pick them up until 7. Yesterday it was 7:15."

And the problem is not limited to Sangaree Intermediate.

This is what we discovered at 8:12 am Wednesday morning, Cane Bay High School students getting on and then some getting back off the school bus. There were too many students for the bus.

School at Cane Bay started at 8:30am. But at 8:45, several students were sitting in a driveway in their neighborhood. Finally, at 8:54am, they were able to start boarding a bus for school.

At 8:55, the bus left for school, 25 minutes after school started.

According to our iPhone GPS, Cane Bay is an 18 minute drive from the street the students were picked up on, that's assuming no stops. So these students were likely at least 43 minutes late to school Wednesday morning.

The Berkeley County School District says the problem is finding qualified bus drivers. Because of that problem, Berkeley County has 5 or 6 turnarounds. A turnaround is a bus that has to make another trip to get more students. Many districts in the state have similar problems finding enough drivers.

The district emailed us a statement that said in part, "We are actively working to fill driver vacancies and eliminate the need for such turnarounds."

There are currently 3 turnarounds at Sangaree Intermediate. The district says they have drivers who are starting tomorrow and Friday, so by next week there should only be one turnaround at that particular school.

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