TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Tuscaloosa City Schools are struggling to find qualified school bus drivers.
Because there is a shortage of drivers, school leaders are giving more incentives to attract new full-time bus drivers. The Board of Education approved a bus driver incentive package that would provide a $1,000 incentive for any candidate who becomes a bus driver for the system.
Cathy Staggs is the Director of Transportation. Staggs is hoping by offering incentives, more drivers will apply.
“We are trying to recruit folks as fast as we can. The city school system has approved an incentive plan that would allow us to add an additional $1,000 incentive bonus to any driver who will come to us ready to drive or willing to be trained. either way we do all the training” Staggs said.
Staggs says new employees will receive $500 after the first three months of work and another $500 for the next three months of employment. The school system has nine full-time driver vacancies and three substitute driver vacancies.
“Our Board of Education is so supportive of the Transportation Department. And it is very important that they understand how important bus drivers are to the school district,” Staggs explained.
Background checks are required in order to get the job. The School system has 94 bus routes.