School bus drivers want higher pay, expanded benefits and discipline for unruly behavior on the bus. (Unsplash)

School bus contractors call for higher pay, expanded benefits

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Companies that provide Delaware school bus drivers want the state to raise school bus driver pay to $25 an hour. They also want the state to pay more for insurance for buses below the C&D Canal and expand benefits to mechanics, backup drivers and office staff. Those requests were from Gerald Dutton, president of the Delaware School Bus Contractors Association …

Appoquinimink School District buses

Appo votes to buy 25 buses for fall use

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

  Appoquinimink School District’s board voted unanimously this week to  invest $215,000 in up to 25 new buses by the fall. This will help serve 2,000 students for whom the district has not been able to provide busing. The idea of the district purchasing its own buses instead of relying only on companies that contract with the district to provide …

School Bus

Pay hike for school bus drivers wins preliminary approval

Charlie MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

The committee responsible for drafting the state’s budget has approved an increase in funding for Delaware’s public school bus drivers. The Joint Finance Committee, comprised of eight Democrats and four Republicans, voted last week to add $16.9 million to address recommendations from the Public School Transportation Committee, a group consisting of legislative and state budget officials, public and charter school …