DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — There’s a nationwide shortage of bus drivers. DCS Transportation Director Jay Bruner told us why people should be applying now.
“COVID definitely adds to a shortage in bus drivers throughout the nation but however even before COVID there was a shortage in bus drivers,” Bruner said.
Many school systems are having difficulty finding bus drivers, but DCS isn’t one of them. Bruner says they are blessed, but with only 10 new drivers he wants more.
A typical bus driver works 4 hours a day. Bruner believes many are missing out on a great opportunity.
“If you can provide a good background check and you have the proper credentials we’d love to speak with you. Being a bus driver is about 26,000 for a part-time job for half of the year then you include the pay and benefits we would love to speak with people about becoming a bus driver,” Bruner said.
Bruner believes bus drivers are heroes in the school district. The starting pay for drivers is $18 an hour and can go up to $34 an hour.
While others in the nation struggle, Bruner says the work starts now.
“For those that in the nation that may be facing a shortage at this time with the bus drivers I’ve always said you need to be recruiting,” Bruner said.