CCSD on substitute bus drivers: Only half are eligible

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - As concerns of a bus strike plague parents and families, Charleston County School District superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley said Monday night{}she had few answers.

"Everybody's asking will there be a bus drivers strike and the answer is still, we do not know," said McGinley.

Since news of a strike could come down at the very last second, Dr. McGinley says district officials are being proactive.

"Our incident command team was established on Friday and met over the weekend. They met again this morning and will continue to meet every morning to assess the situation, review new information and operational plans," she said.

As a precautionary measure, the district is seeking substitute bus drivers. So far, officials say 50 have applied but, only 26 had the correct credentials and are eligible for interview. In the meantime, the district is asking parents to arrive to school earlier than usual and come up plans for alternative transportation.

"We realize this has been burden some already on parents and families and staff and we appreciate everyone's patience," McGinley said.

If family, friends or carpools aren't an option for you, McGinley recommends CARTA. You can contact their bus services at 843-745-4101.