Verona school district adjusts start time due to lack of school bus drivers

Comparing Minimum Wage To The Cost Of Living In Every State
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- Minimum wage: $10.19 ($21,195 annual)

- Living wage for:

--- 1 adult: $15.06 ($4.87 difference)

--- 1 adult and 1 child: $29.86 ($19.67 difference)

--- 2 adults: $11.69 ($1.50 difference)

--- 2 adults and 1 child: $16.34 ($6.15 difference)

Alaska’s minimum wage rose to $10.34 on Jan. 1, 2021, although school bus drivers in the state must be paid at least twice that. Consumer prices spiked 3% in 2018, the first time in three years that the state’s costs increased more rapidly than the country’s, according to labor statistics from the Alaska state government. One of the drivers was the increased price of medical care. Inflation was low in 2019 and then prices plunged in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, for the largest deflation in the Consumer Price Index since 1960.

VERONA, Wis. The Verona Area School District is adjusting its start and end times because of a lack of bus drivers.

In a letter to parents, the district said drivers will be running three loops now instead of two to get students to school.

Elementary students will now start 7:20 a.m. while middle school students will start at 8:05 a.m. and high school students will start at 8:45 a.m.

Times will be adjusted on Mondays when classes start later.

The district is encouraging parents to find alternate ways for their kids to school such as driving them, carpooling, walking or biking.