Cedar Rapids, Iowa – The Cedar Rapids Community School District turned to local organizations in order to provide safe transportation of children to and from school due to a shortage of bus drivers.
For the past 60 years, Horizons has offered transportation to people of the local community.
“It just feels really good to be able to provide our mission, which is transportation should not be a barrier. So being able to step up and fill that service gap. Even if it’s not for our traditional clients. It’s still a great thing,” Kelzye Bedwell said, Horizons Director of Financial Wellness.
CRCSD claims that without the assistance of an extra transportation provider, they would have had to establish an additional bus route and modify student start and end hours.
“It really assisted us. So we didn’t have to change starting and ending times for our school system,” said Nicole Kooiker, CRCSD Deputy Superintendent.
According to Kooiker, the district is searching for a long-term solution to the bus driver shortage.
“We even talked about, you know, construction companies, and when they’re not busy, a lot of those drivers have CDL’s. So I think it’s going to be really thinking creatively, offering competitive wages and benefits, talking with community partners, and then just really being strategic,” Kooiker said.