How delays impact school bus drivers with second jobs

HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - The sole purpose of two or three hour delays for schools is to make sure everyone gets to where they have to go in the safest way possible.

While that's also the priority for school bus drivers, those delays pose an issue to some who work other jobs.

Harrison County Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin says these decisions aren't always easy.

"These decisions are not made easily," Manchin said. "They're made in the interest of their child. Hopefully they can understand that."

The entire decision making process is made for one reason -- to keep all students and employees as safe as possible.

"They know their first and foremost highest priority is driving that bus and getting those students to school safely and home safely in the evening," Manchin said.

Gary Frazier has been driving a bus for about 10 years, but that's not all.

"That's the main thing we're here for - to get the kids to school safe," Frazier said.

When delays happen, they have a tendency to get in the way of the other job.

"You've got to have the delays," he said. "And the kids' safety comes first. You end up going back in the evenings after you finish up with the bus to finish your work."

Regardless of that, his top priority is the safety of the students.

Same goes for Steve Roth -- when it comes to the safety of kids in our community, it's worth the wait on other jobs.

"Three hour delays, they're a disaster," Roth said. "Usually you don't even get to go to work."

"You get the kids to school safely, you get them home safely," Roth said. "That's people's precious cargo there. The most precious thing you can haul is their kids."