Clark County School District working to fill 108 bus driver positions

Posted at 7:09 PM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 00:30:55-04

Things continue to get worse for the Clark County School District when it comes to bus drivers.

After starting the school year short 65 drivers, two months into the year they are now down 108 drivers and working to "get the kids to school the best we can."

The growing shortage comes as parents were already having issues with late buses at the beginning of the year.

"I just want the bus to stop on time and bring my kids to school on time," Anjoli Ortowski said. "It is ridiculous that my kids are tardy to their first-period class sometimes they even miss their first period to go to the second period. "

The district says people have been leaving the positions faster than they can replace them this year.

"There are about 15-20 drivers we lose a month due to promotions, retirement and finding other positions," Sonya Jepson, a training supervisor with CCSD Transportation, said.

The transportation department is recruiting drivers through social media, job fairs and radio ads telling potential drivers they are a critical part of the student experience.

"The school bus is that extension of the classroom," Jepson said. "You are the first person they are going to see in the morning and the last person they are going to see in the afternoon, and they look forward to seeing you."

Once hired, drivers get paid while they get their commercial drivers' license and experience behind the wheel.  The whole process takes about two and a half weeks.

"We are out trying to get them every chance we get," Jepson said.

You can see the qualifications needed to be a bus driver and apply on CCSD.net