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BC is looking for bus drivers

Filed in Archive by on August 16, 2016

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The Bethlehem Central School District is looking for drivers. You do not need a commercial license to apply. Not sure about driving a bus? Try it for yourself. You can TEST DRIVE one of our buses before the school year begins by contacting Kevin Williams via email at kwilliams@bcsd.neric.org or call the Transportation Department for more information 439-3830.

District Transportation Supervisor Cindy Jurewicz said prospective employees need to be 21 years of age with a clean driving record. Driving a school bus requires a commercial driver’s license, but applicants DO NOT need a commercial driver’s license to test drive a bus or to apply for a driver position. Drivers in Bethlehem work flexible, part-time schedules and begin at a rate of $17.50 an hour with paid training for successful applicants.

Jurewicz said school bus drivers typically work in the morning and the afternoon with a long break in between. Interested drivers may also be able to cover additional afterschool runs and sports or field trips, but otherwise, they can count on weekends, evenings and summers off as well school holidays and breaks.

“The schedule offers a lot of flexibility, which may be perfect for a retiree, stay-at-home parent or college student,” said Jurewicz.

She added that the career of “bus driver” scored an 8 out of 10 for work-life balance in a 2016 Best Jobs Rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

The U.S. Department of Labor has projected a 6 percent growth in employment opportunities for bus drivers through 2024. Yet, 62 percent of school districts reported a moderate to desperate shortage of bus drivers in a nationwide survey last year (source: School Bus Fleet magazine). With more job openings and too few drivers to fill them, most school districts are on the hunt for qualified applicants.

Prospective employees learn about the school bus from veteran driver and BCSD trainer Kevin Hunter on August 16, 2016:

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