CCSD holding Durham School Services accountable for unreliability

CCSD holding Durham School Services accountable for unreliability

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County School District is holding Durham School Services accountable for its unreliable service as of late.

At Monday's Committee of the Whole meeting, the school board received information on the shortage of drivers in the district.

Daniel Head, a spokesman with CCSD, said there are 363 bus routes to run in the district.

Durham has 347 employees covering their specific routes in CCSD, of that number, 26 drivers are from out of state to help with the shortage.

In the five-year contract between CCSD and Durham School Services, signed in May of 2015, Durham agreed to have a 10% bench staff in case of emergencies.

Head said due to Durham's inability to meet that requirement, the district is withholding 10% of the monthly invoice to Durham until they, "give us four weeks of consistent and reliable service".

The withholding began at the end of February, according to Head.

He said January's withholding came out to $137,000.

The district defines "consistent and reliable" as "starting every route, every day, on time."

Also in the meeting Monday, the board was notified on the top five schools affected by state bus breakdowns.

Between August 2015 and December 2015, Northwoods Middle School had 64 occurrences, Stall High School, 56, West Ashley High School, 36, North Charleston High School, 31, and Morningside Middle School, 28.

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