SHELDON—Approving bus routes for the 2019-20 academic year is on the Sheldon School District Board of Education’s agenda for its regularly scheduled meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the Sheldon High School library.

According to the meeting agenda, the district reduced a school bus route due to a bus driver shortage. The school district has usually had six bus drivers but only has five drivers.

The problem of bus shortages has been an ongoing one for the school district. At Robin Spears’ final board meeting as superintendent last summer, he said the district may have to eventually eliminate in-town bus services because of the shortage in drivers.

In an effort to attract new bus drivers, the district increased drivers’ pay to $27 an hour last year and agreed to pay for their required training courses.

The district’s current bus drivers are John Meyer, John Jinkinson, Matt Olsen, Mark Pritts and Jay Andringa.

The board will also consider:

  • Approving practicum and student teaching agreements between Northwestern College in Orange City and the Sheldon schools for the 2019-20 school year.
  • Approving the practicum and student teaching agreements between Morningside College in Sioux City and the Sheldon schools for the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Approving 16 open-enrollment applications for the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Approving continued transportation of preschool students for the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Setting term life insurance coverage at $106,000 or $109.80 per certified employee.
  • Adjusting the compensation rate for special education yellow school bus drivers to $27.81 an hour.