In addition to student assignment, the Wake County school board will get an update today on the status of a ninth-grade center for Panther Creek High and vote on a plan to give bonuses to bus drivers who show up for work.
Wake says it's having a problem getting bus drivers for all the 40+ buses that had been sidelined at the start of the school year but brought back following the bus complaints. Staff will present this proposal to pay drivers a $250 bonus for their good attendance between Sept. 20 and Nov. 27.
During the work session, the board will hear the latest on the search for a ninth-grade center for Panther Creek High.
Don Haydon has been scheduled to present both items before he resigned Monday as chief of facilities and operations.
Staff explained today that by the end of November they expect to have hired enough permanent drivers to cover all the additional buses. But until then, they said the bonuses could encourage more of the current drivers to come in so they don't have to do as often things like asking mechanics to work overtime to drive.
If successful, the bonus plan could be brought back.
The board approved the bonus plan.