TOP PHOTO: More than 25 bus drivers attended Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting to support Marty Jackson, owner of Jackson Bus Services in requesting additional pay for his drivers.

Marty Jackson with Jackson Bus Services once again addressed the Campbell County School Board requesting raises for his bus drivers at Tuesday’s BOE meeting.

By Charlotte Underwood 

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Marty Jackson, owner of Jackson Bus Services, once again addressed the Campbell County School Board on Tuesday evening. Over 25 school bus drivers were in attendance at the meeting as well.

Jackson reiterated his request of a pay raise for his bus drivers, asking the board to find the funds so he could pay them $100 more per week.

According to Jackson, with inflation and the way the economy is, the drivers need more pay.

“It’s hard to keep drivers at this pay, let alone get new ones,” Jackson said.

Jackson’s bus service handles 13 bus routes for the county school system.

Jackson had addressed the BOE last month requesting an extra $100 a week for his bus drivers from the $400 a week they currently make to bring it up to $500.  

Board member Johnny Byrge suggested asking the county commission for help.

“It’s a reoccurring expense. I’m not against it, but it’s a matter of getting the county commission to help. That’s my recommendation,” Byrge said. 

“Whatever I get, it’s not going to me, it’s going to these people right here; they’re your backbone. I just want my drivers up to $500 like they are at other places,” Jackson said.

School Board Chair Steve Morgan told Jackson the board would “take it under advisement and discuss it as a board.”

“We’ve always supported the drivers. It is an issue everywhere and we’re certainly going to take it into consideration,” Morgan said.

School board members asked the financial department to “work up some numbers to see what it would look like.”

“We will end up like some of these other counties looking for bus drivers if we don’t do something,” Jackson said. He asked when the BOE would have an answer.

“We will discuss it. Come back at next month’s meeting,” Morgan told Jackson. 

Director Fields said timing is part of what made it more difficult, “because it’s not budget season.”

She thanked bus drivers for their dedication.

“I know its not easy to be a bus driver and we do appreciate what you all do,” Fields said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/18/2023-6AM)

One Reply to “BOE has bus driver pay raise request”

  1. I hope and pray this happens. These are children’s lives and others out on the road!

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