SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Some school bus routes will be canceled in Saratoga County schools Tuesday, due to ongoing bus driver shortages in the Capital Region. Both Saratoga Springs City School District and Ballston Spa Central School District have announced cancellations, which will impact morning and afternoon bus runs.
“Our Transportation Department is currently operating with just enough bus drivers and monitors to complete the district’s daily routes,” said Saratoga Springs City School District officials. “Because of this, the possibility of a bus route cancellation could impact morning or afternoon runs in the future.”
On Tuesday, Saratoga Schools have cancelled the following routes:
- Bus 420 — High School and Dorothy Nolan
- Bus 429 — Maple Avenue and Greenfield Elementary
- Bus 407 — Maple Avenue
- Bus 472 — High School
If parents are unable to make arrangements to bring their children to school in the morning, the Saratoga Springs City School District said they will make every attempt to secure a later bus run for the canceled route. District officials also said they are actively recruiting bus drivers. If interested, you are asked to call (518) 587-4545.
In Ballston Spa, four bus routes cannot be covered this Tuesday. Those school buses are Alligator (No. 324), Rhino (No. 326), Caterpillar (No. 341), and Penguin (No. 395) for both Middle/High School and Elementary School Students.
If your child is in Grades 6-12 at the Ballston Spa Central School District, you are asked to notify the Middle School at (518) 884-7200 ext. 4306 or High School at (518) 884-7150 if your child cannot be transported so that arrangements can be made for their instructional plan for the day.
Elementary School contact numbers:
- Malta Avenue Elementary School: (518) 884-7250
- Gordon Creek Elementary School: (518) 884-7270
- Milton Terrace Elementary School: (518) 884-7210
- Wood Road Elementary School: (518) 884-7290
Both school districts said parents will be notified the night before if bus routes must be canceled. Bus driver shortages have been a persistent problem statewide since the beginning of the school year, with nearly 74% of superintendents ranking the shortage as their number one concern in terms of staffing.