School Bus Drivers Voicing Concerns over Work Hours

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They take your kids to school and back home every day. And they’re not happy with BISD right now.

Brownsville bus drivers protested a cut in hours. Dozens of drivers voiced their frustrations with the district. The district explains transportation employees work 35 hours a week. Previously, employee leave was 8 hours. The district says this is a discrepancy it is correcting because it is one hour beyond their earned leave.

The district says since the extra hour of leave is unearned money it could constitute a gift of public funds according to the district’s legal counsel. Board of Trustee member, Herman Otis Powers Jr., spoke out with the drivers and says the drivers need to be taken better care of.

Powers says, “We need them at the change of policy. They can at least guarantee them 40 hours. In order to do that with the change that policy and put it in effect. I will put it on the agenda for September to discuss consideration and possible action on that agenda item.”

Powers went on to say he’ll vote in favor of the driver’s receiving more benefits. The next board meeting is set for September 6th. Powers said this agenda item will not be held in executive session.

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