Board approves move to keep school buses running

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A state board has approved an emergency regulation to keep school buses running in case unionized drivers in the Lowcountry go on strike.

The State Board of Education voted 10-0 on Wednesday to let the private Durham School Services bring in certified drivers from other states for up to 90 days. Durham is the company contracted to operate buses in Charleston County and Summerville schools.

Unionized drivers in both districts have approved going on strike if they cannot reach a deal on drivers' pay and benefits.

The two districts are among only three statewide that contract out for bus services. Beaufort County also pays Durham to manage bus routes and employ drivers.

A decentralization idea pushed by Gov. Nikki Haley would result in more districts contracting for bus services.

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Hooriw said on Wednesday, Jan 23 at 11:07 PM

I'd certainly appreciate a look into the lead-footed schoolbus drivers that tear through the Greensprings neighborhood and North Brickyard Rd....evidently they are ABOVE-THE-LAW and are not required to obey posted speed limits of 35 on N Brickyard AND no more than 25 mph on Sheridan, Greensprings,Remington,etc....the streets or courts within Greensprings. They are a menace to people ...either in vehicles and/or walking a dog or just taking a stroll around the neighborhood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Val H.looked into and asked transportation to followup but it's been way over a year and the practice continues!!!!!!!!!

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