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Bill to fill critical vacancies in school system passes in House

UPDATE: The bill to remove financial barriers to training bus drivers and substitute bus drivers has passed in the House of Delegates 93-0

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) Lawmakers in Charleston are working on new legislation to fill critical vacancies in the school system.

A bill headed toward a final vote Monday in the House of Delegates would give counties the authority to remove some of the financial barriers to training bus drivers and substitute bus drivers.

Raleigh County Republican Delegate Christopher Toney, (R) 31st Dist., is a lead sponsor of the bill.

"We're having a lot of issues now getting substitute operators. They have to go through 12 to eight weeks of unpaid training. The counties currently don't have a way to pay them and this would promulgate the rules sent to the state board."

If signed into law by the Governor, the legislation would give counties the option to pay drivers who go through the training. They would also have the option of mandating an employment contract for a certain time period upon successful completion of the program.

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