SCCPSS bus drivers feeling shorted with new payment system, school district says it’s only temporary


Some school bus drivers are at odds with the Savannah-Chatham County School District.

And it all comes down to dollars and cents — according to one bus driver.

News 3’s Courtney Cole explains what’s going on.

Savannah bus driver Sonny Hansen says he hasn’t been getting paid in full for all of his work…and he says he’s not the only one.

“We are up at about 3:00, 4:00 in the morning…some people earlier than others. Drive until about midday-9:30, 10:00 o’clock, give you a little break. Come back and drive from 1:30-2:00 until 6:00 in the evening. They tell you that they get 5 hours a day. Most of us work more than that,” Hansen told News 3.

But Sheila Blanco, the Public Information Manager for the Savannah-Chatham County School District says…

“It’s a bit of a misunderstanding.”


Because she says in the past, bus drivers were paid on a weekly basis.

“Now they’re coming into the district system, where we get paid twice a month. We get paid on the 15th  and on the last of the month,” said Blanco.

In the process of management changing hands, Blanco says paychecks were affected, which upset some drivers.

“They got paid their regular hourly salary. But not their overtime, because the way the system works, that lags behind two weeks. They got paid for what their salary is. And then their overtime was going to be on the check on the 31st.”

Blanco says the lag is only temporary and from now on, each check will reflect regular salary and all overtime.

But Hansen says he’ll have to see it to believe it.

“So let’s see if they come up with the right thing the next time around. If not, I’m sure that, without it being a threat or anything, I’m sure people will walk or leave.”

The school district says in addition to making sure paychecks are corrected, they’re also working to hire additional bus drivers so they can be fully staffed. Nine new drivers just started training last week.


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