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Superintendent uncovers one reason why Palm Beach County school bus drivers call in sick

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - More than 10% of Palm Beach County school bus drivers don't show up for work every day and the district says it is truly impacting the way it does business.

As a result the district is offering a $175 bonus a month for perfect attendance.

With the bonus some drivers will make more than $22,500 which makes them  ineligible for HUD housing subsidies.

As a result some drivers are calling in sick.

Palm Beach County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Avossa say he uncovered that fact while trying to get to the bottom of high absenteeism among drivers.

"I did contact HUD in West Palm and at the county and I'm trying to work with them to help us solve a bigger and broader issue which is affordable housing," said Dr. Avossa .

The last time HUD readjusted their max gross income was in 2012. Dr. Avossa points out that it was during the peak of the recession where values weren't where they are today.

Dr. Avossa says in the coming weeks he is working to see if any adjustments can be made. In the meantime he has also asked for a wage study to be conducted to see where Palm Beach County stands compared to counties like Miami-Dade and Broward.

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