HOUSTON – A shortage of bus drivers has forced the Katy Independent School District to cut roughly 50 routes.
More than a hundred people applied to become drivers at transportation fair held Friday at Morton Ranch High School. Previously, if you lived anywhere outside a three-tenths-of-a-mile radius of the school, you received transportation. Now the distance has been pushed back to a half mile for elementary school, and a mile for high school.
Many parents were upset to hear about the changes.
“If there was a sidewalk on Mason it would be a lot easier, and a lot safer for the kids to walk to school, but since there are no sidewalks, they’ve got a lot of traffic in the morning, which is the time they’ll be riding—going against the traffic,” said Al Rhodes, a Katy ISD parent.
The school district said the issue is not about money.
“It’s because we don’t have the number of drivers necessary to sustain the level of service we’ve had in previous years,” said Steve Stanford with Katy ISD.
That said, the district has added some of the routes back because students would have had to cross hazardous roadways. It is currently evaluating other routes.