CCSD, DD2 prepared for possible bus strike
By Sonya Stevenssstevens@abcnews4.com
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Negotiations are expected to resume between the Teamsters and Durham School Services Tuesday, but in the meantime it continues to be a waiting game for those that could be affected by the strike.
Officials with the Charleston County School District and Dorchester District 2 already have contingency plans in place in the event of a strike. Buses pulling in and out of the schools Monday morning were definitely a good sign, but those involved aren't letting their guard down.
"Prepare for the worst, hope for the best and we'll get through this and we are absolutely as prepared as you can be in a situation such as this," said Dr. Nancy McGinley, Charleston County School District Superintendent.
Part of the CCSD plan includes having the schools open earlier than usual and trying to line up additional bus drivers.
"We have 400 drivers. There is a great deal of complexity to the routes so even if all of the drivers stayed out and somebody gave us a few hundred additional bus drivers it would still take a couple of days to get all the routes mapped out and familiarize the new drivers," said McGinley.
Joseph Pye, the superintendent of Dorchester District 2, also has a contingency plan in place but in the meantime feels it's important to keep the parents in the loop through daily newsletters and the school system's website.
"A strike can be called without any notice and that is what is so fearful and we want the parents to be prepared in case it came at an untimely time but if we continue to have this type of leeway then perhaps we can work through things," said Pye.
Both superintendents are hoping that an agreement can be reached and a strike can be avoided.
"We are a very interested third party but yet we have no control. I guess that is what is a little frustrating for us is we are not in the driver's seat so to speak on this," said McGinley.
And one of the bus drivers ABCNews4 spoke to off camera said she doesn't want the strike but does wants benefits and more money.