PEWAUKEE, Wis. (WTMJ) – Demand for bus drivers is higher than ever, but drivers are nowhere to be found.

Students at Pewaukee High School began to feel the effects of the bus driver shortage last year, primarily with the school’s 650 student-athletes.

“We had students leaving much earlier so the bus could drop them off at the other school and then be able to be back for the afternoon route,” principal Brian Sniff said.

Athletic director Jeff Behrens said they needed to find “creative ways” to get athletes to events.

Currently, the Goriteway Transportation Group, which partners with Pewaukee High School, says it has 21 bus drivers for the upcoming school year. They say it’s just enough to get by right now.

“Each night we might have two or three teams that could travel, which requires bus drivers for each of them,” Sniff said.

Sniff and Behrens decided to go the extra mile to help, and both got their commercial driver’s licenses, which means they’ll be able to step in whenever a bus driver needs to take sports teams to places. away games or students on field trips. .

“It’s another hat off, but we’re ready to do whatever we have to do to serve our kids,” Behrens said.

The two take their official bus driving test on Friday, and when they pass they say they will help in any way they can for as long as they need it.

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