Amid driver shortage, future Dripping Springs ISD bus drivers will go to San Antonio for testing to speed up licensing

Dripping Springs ISD hopes to speed up licensing for bus drivers by sending them to a San Antonio school district for testing. (Community Impact Staff)
Dripping Springs ISD hopes to speed up licensing for bus drivers by sending them to a San Antonio school district for testing. (Community Impact Staff)

Dripping Springs ISD hopes to speed up licensing for bus drivers by sending them to a San Antonio school district for testing. (Community Impact Staff)

Future Dripping Springs ISD bus drivers will now be tested by a San Antonio school district rather than directly by a state agency to speed up the process of receiving their commercial driver's licenses.

Dripping Springs ISD has been dealing with shortages in custodial, food and transportation services, Board Member Stefani Reinold said during the Oct. 25 meeting of the Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees.


While the district has not yet compiled data on these shortages for board members to review, a report from the district's human resources department showed one driver resigned in September, and the district did not hire any new drivers during that month.

As drivers go through the process of obtaining licenses to drive commercially, they have experienced lengthy delays setting up testing appointments with the Texas Department of Public Safety, according to the background for the board item provided by the district. The board voted unanimously to approve the agreement with North East ISD on consent. The San Antonio school district been designated by the State of Texas as a third-party skills testing provider to approve commercial driver's licenses. The district hopes the agreement will speed up licensing.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.



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