Tuesday August 2, 2022

EXPECT LATE BUSES THIS FALL

A staffing shortage in Southwest Florida is causing concern as we get closer to the beginning of the school year.

Although Lee County has hired some drivers, they’ve also lost some. And with school starting Aug. 10, the district just doesn’t have enough bus drivers to get kids to and from school on time.

While they need 139 bus drivers, the Lee County Schools Transportation Director, Roger Lloyd, knows that’s not going to happen. They’re going to work with what they have, so Lloyd’s asking parents and students for patience. That’s because “The reality is the buses are going to be late this fall,” according to Lloyd.

The people in charge of Lee County school transportation are having a tough time staying afloat.

And being that they are 139 drivers short, which as you can imagine, that’s going to lead to a lot of open routes.

Open routes that are open-ended which means nobody to drive the kids to school and back. He has a personal plea, trying to get people interested in the job.

“It’s a very rewarding job,” Lloyd said. If you’re out there and want to give it a shot, we definitely would love to have you.”

Also, if you have a child who takes the bus to school, and you’re also worried here is what you can do. “It’s imperative that parents go ahead and sign up for where’s the bus app, “Then you’re going to have to make sure you’re signed up to the school messenger, text or email.

Bus drivers get paid $17.50 an hour. Although, a year ago, drivers complained they didn’t make enough and were not treated with enough respect. 

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SHERIFF LOOKING FOR MISSING TEEN

Deputies are searching for a missing teen in Okeechobee County.

Bionca Santos-Martinez disappeared from a relative’s home in the early morning hours on July 2, according to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office.

Santos-Martinez is described as standing 5’2” and weighing 90 pounds. She is known to frequent beaches and parks, wears a gold crown ring on her right ring finger, and has braces and multiple ear piercings.

According to the teen’s mother, Santos-Martinez posts on Instagram showing she is in West Palm Beach and the Miami area often.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is also assisting with this case as to stay in Lake Worth.

Anyone with information, is urged to call 863.763.3117 and mention Case# 22S14123.