County Executive Pittman Issues Statement on AACPS School Bus Announcement
Annapolis, MD (October 4, 2022) - Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman issued the following statement regarding the announcement made by Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell at today’s Board of Education meeting:
“Today’s announcements from Dr. Bedell show significant progress in providing our children with the transportation they need to get to school every day. When I met with Dr. Bedell last week, we discussed the need for outside-the-box thinking to address this issue, and I appreciate how aggressively he and his team are proposing and implementing new solutions to these challenges.
I want to thank the six councilmembers - Sarah Lacey, Allison Pickard, Nathan Volke, Andrew Pruski, Amanda Fiedler, and Lisa Rodvien - who voted to support our families and children by providing AACPS with the resources they need to address the continued national and regional shortage of drivers. I look forward to continued collaboration with Dr. Bedell and his team as they implement this plan.”
Last year, County Executive Pittman worked with our school bus contractors, Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation, and AACPS to provide a market-based solution to a market-based problem - the national and regional shortage of CDL drivers. The $5.6 million in FY23 funding enabled new drivers recruitment and retention bonuses, and AAWDC provided training for people looking to become CDL drivers. County Executive Pittman's FY23 budget ensured that AACPS had the funding they needed to pay competitive wages to protect against losing drivers to surrounding jurisdictions or to private companies like Amazon.