FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) – Florence School District One transports more than 15,000 students to and from school every day so it’s critical there are enough drivers to move all those people.
The Florence School District Transportation parking lot is full of school buses, but many haven’t been driven in months.
Bill Kurts is the transportation coordinator for Florence District One. He says there are a total of 14 full-time positions open.
“We need bus drivers bad and if anyone wants to apply we will be more than willing to take your application,” Kurts said.
Kurts says while the number of bus riders is not up, the number of bus drivers is down and that means those who are employed work overtime.
“What we have operational they may pick up one or two stops off a particular bus to get the students to school on time,” says Kurts.
The shortage affects drivers like GiGi Kershner who is working double shifts.
“This year has been really hard on us. Normally I would start about 2 to 2:15 when school gets out and I usually get in about 4:30, now it’s like five or after five,” Kershner explains.
The need for more drivers is also taking a toll on parents
“A lot of them are understanding that we are short and we’re doing the best that we can,” mentioned Kurts.
While the available bus driver positions is an opportunity anyone 21 and older can apply for, Kurts said not everyone is a perfect fit for the position.
“Some don’t pass their criminal background check, there are others who may not pass their driving background,” says Kurts.
If you are looking to apply you should have a high school diploma, five years of driving experience and a clean driving record.
After selection, you will attend a State Department of Education School Bus Driver Training Course, be trained in the operation of a school bus, and receive education for your commercial driver license.
Therefore, you must be able to pass a USDOT physical and have good vision. You will also be drug tested and then subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
The starting pay for bus drivers is $10.27 an hour with a guarantee of 30 hours a week.
Florence school district one will hold a class on September 8 for potential bus drivers.
For more information visit https://www.fsd1.org/transportation/Pages/BusDriverEmployment.aspx