Framingham School District Has School Bus Shortage

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) - Officials in Framingham say the city's school district doesn't have enough buses to get students into classrooms.

Framingham City Attorney Chris Brown says the problem is with the city's school bus contractor, Durham School Services. Brown says the Illinois-based company was supposed to provide the city with 77 school bus drivers, but Framingham only ended up with 54.

Brown says the problem isn't necessarily isolated to Framingham. "My understanding is there are bus driver shortages across the industry," he said.

During a recent school committee meeting on Feb. 24, representatives from Durham said some drivers are missing because they're waiting to get COVID shots. Others went to find more stable employment.

Brown says one way or another, Durham needs to get those drivers back, according to their contract with Framingham. "The city's going to be reserving all of our legal rights, but really we just want Durham to step up to the plate and provide the drivers," he said.

WBZ's Matt Shearer (@MattShearer) reports:

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