Lowcountry school districts don't expect strike

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Lowcountry school districts that prepared for a possible bus strike say they don't expect to have a problem.

Charleston and Dorchester 2 school officials said Sunday that they don't expect a strike to be called Monday morning. They say school buses should operate on their regular schedules.

Both school districts still preparing for a strike and will open one hour earlier than normal.

Unionized drivers in both districts have approved going on strike if they cannot reach a deal on drivers' pay and benefits by the coming week. The State Board of Education last approved an emergency plan last week to let a private company bring in certified drivers from other states for up to 90 days if unionized drivers strike.