Board approves move to keep school buses running


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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