First Student contract loss leaves employment doubts for 174

Getting on the bus

Getting on the bus

After the last student gets off the bus to go home in June in Trumbull and Shelton the kids will shout and run, feeling the joy of being set free for the summer. For the 174 bus drivers and other employees working for First Student, they’re facing the prospects of not having jobs.

First Student lost the contract for the schools in Trumbull and Shelton and as a result filed a mass layoff notice with the state last week. It doesn’t mean the people will definitely not have jobs come the next school year, changes in bus contracts occur fairly regularly here in Connecticut and the incoming companies often hire the drivers who know the routes and the towns.

Still, in this economy, it’s not the most pleasant way to head into the summer, especially withe every company looking to find a way to shed costs.



Rob Varnon