HUTCHINSON – At the August 9, 2022, meeting of the Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education, board members approved a pay increase for bus drivers contracted through Durham School Services.
In the addendum to their current contract for student bus transportation with Durham School Services, Hutchinson Public Schools administration asked for a 6.1% pay increase, instead of the current 3%. The additional 3.1% will allow Durham to stay competitive in recruiting drivers, monitors, mechanics and administrative staff as well as provide a retention bonus for drivers and monitors.
The net overall cost for the increase is approximately $20,323 for 2022-2023. Both district administrators and board members supported the increase, as bus staff provide a crucial service to the district and the increase would lead to the recruitment and retainment of staff.
“The funds for Durham School Services are to provide a pay increase for the 2022-2023 school year. As with all employees, we want to retain our bus drivers as well. We hope this pay increase lets our bus drivers know that we value them and the service they provide the students of USD 308,” said USD 308 superintendent, Dr. Dawn M. Johnson.