National School Bus Driver Shortage Prompts Second Local School District To Offer Bus Driver Courses.
A recent report released last Thursday (which was a joint effort by the NY State School Boards Association, NY Association for Pupil Transportation and National Association for Pupil Transportation) states a shortage of drivers is the top concern of 60% of school transportation directors, and an additional 23% of districts consider it a major problem. This is no different for Salamanca Schools.
Salamanca City Central School District is taking a que from Portville Central Schools and is offering classes on how to obtain CDL licensure for those interested in becoming school bus drivers.
This isn’t the first time Salamanca has tried something different to secure additional bus drivers. Head Bus Driver Robert Finch encouraged the creation of a brochure and flyers that were passed out around local businesses and a spare bus was placed on Broad Street with a large banner announcing the need for drivers and what to do to find out more information.
While these methods, were successful, the number of drivers still needed for daily runs still exceeds the number of drivers we currently have on staff. We are currently short two drivers, and can always use substitute drivers and monitors. Salamanca is going to implement a similar program to Portville. Robert Finch has worked with Portville’s Transportation Supervisor, Dave Youngs, to establish a similar community information meeting and training sessions. Dave allowed three of our staff members to attend his first training session at Portville so they could get insight of what to be sure to cover in our own sessions.
Interested? Check us out – our first session will be on March 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in the LGI at the High School. Interested persons must be at least 21 years of age, able to pass written test, vision and skills tests, pass a criminal background check and drug test.
Salamanca Bus Drivers are guaranteed four (4) hours a day and benefits including 85% Medical Health Insurance paid for, 80% of Dental Insurance paid for, Paid Time Off – Sick, Personal, 12 paid holidays, flex benefit, coat/boot allowance and NYS Retirement. Drivers are also eligible to take extra runs – sports trips, field trips, extended day activities and late runs. The District pays for your fingerprinting and licensure costs.
March 6th at 5:00 p.m. in the LGI – we will go over the requirements, go through the DMV CDL Handbook and go over sections required to pass the written test and also do some behind the wheel training for those with current valid driver’s licenses.
Have any questions, join us on March 6th at 5:00 p.m!