Courtesy of:  The Chattanoogan

A teenager was struck by a vehicle while waiting at a school bus stop in Hixson on Thursday morning.

The incident happened at the 4700 block of Norcross Road.  Officers found a 17-year-old boy who had been struck by a car that did not stop as he was trying to cross the road to board a school bus.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of the non-life-threatening injuries.  It was reported that the victim was waiting at the bus stop at the corner of Metro Drive and Norcross Road.

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Courtesy of:  Tajuana Cheshier

Jackson-Madison County (TN) Schools is running short on substitute school bus drivers, which can sometimes cause delays in students being picked up on the way to or from school.

Transportation supervisor Grant Ward said the district has 22 substitute drivers on its list but it really needs a total of 30
people.

“The subs have schedule conflicts also, and it’s their choice on whether they accept the work for that day, just like a
substitute teacher,” Ward said.

“We can always use more drivers,” he said.  In cases where a substitute driver is called, Ward said, the goal is to complete all pick-ups and drop-offs within a 45-minute time frame.

When a route is late, Ward said the transportation department notifies the school so that the office can begin calling affected
families.

He said the challenge is attracting and retaining substitute drivers.

“A full-time driver earns $13.37 an hour in the first year and tops out at $14.12 an hour at 15 years,” Ward explained.  Full-time drivers work six hours a day and are paid for 30 hours per week.  “Substitute drivers make $13.37 an hour,” Ward said.

Ward encouraged those who meet driver qualifications to apply for the substitute drivers position.

Apply at the Transportation Center, 59 Harts Bridge Road, call (731) 988-3890 ext. 1 or email ghward@jmcss.org.

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http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20130324/NEWS01/303240022/Shortage-substitute-drivers-can-delay-Jackson-Madison-County-Schools-bus-routes