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Rapides Parish bus drivers bid on routes one week before start of school

Rapides Parish school bus drivers bidding on bus routes.
Rapides Parish school bus drivers bidding on bus routes.(KALB)
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 9:48 AM CDT
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Rapides Parish School bus drivers bid on their routes for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year Tuesday morning.

Many voiced frustrations off-camera about the process. Most frustrations dealt with the routes themselves, many saying they’re losing familiar routes and being overloaded with more drivers.

Others also expressed concern over the timing because of its closeness to students returning to school.

We spoke with Superintendent Jeff Powell who says the bidding has to do with a new route system that the board acquired last year. Powell says the new system will provide more efficiency and consistency in routes and bidding for routes is something that has to be done because of the way that bus driver logs and policies are written.

He says that bidding on those routes is set to be determined by Thursday, August 5.

Rapides Parish Schools begin August 10, 2021.

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