The Kentucky House has passed a bill that would eliminate the high school diploma requirement for cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other school personnel.
The bill is intended to expand the hiring pool for schools in the state.
After passing the House in a 95-0 vote, it now heads to the Senate. If signed into law, it would go into effect immediately.
Staffing challenges continue to plague school nutrition operators, and many have had to come up with new ways to fill staffing gaps this school year.
The nutrition team at Cobb County School District in Marietta, Ga., for example, began hosting hiring events in an effort to boost recruitment after realizing that filling out a district job application can be confusing and take prospective employees more than an hour to complete.