The Wenatchee School District is hiring school substitute bus drivers for the important job of transporting students to and from school. This is an ideal job for retirees, stay-at-home parents or anyone needing a flexible schedule. No experience is necessary, and training is provided at no cost by the WSD Transportation Department.
The District is experiencing a shortage of drivers. “Everyone in our department, that is able to drive a bus from mechanics to office staff is doing double duty right now,” says WSD Transportation Director Jennifer Lagadinos. “I’m behind the wheel driving routes too.” Even with administrators and bus mechanics filling in, the shortage could result in fewer routes, more children waiting at each stop, and crowded buses.
School districts throughout the U.S. are struggling to find school bus drivers, a challenge that has worsened with low unemployment and a strong economy. Lagadinos says her department is stepping up recruitment efforts to attract potential drivers. Buses serve as great mobile advertising and will be placed around town to help get the word out when they’re not transporting kids.
Bus drivers enjoy summers, school breaks, holidays and weekends off. Hours are flexible with morning and/or afternoon shifts available. Substitute bus drivers have the opportunity to put in for contract routes when they become available. Once contracted, bus drivers may receive medical and dental benefits, accrue paid sick and vacation leave, and paid holidays. Starting pay is $19.75 per hour.
For more information or to apply, contact the WSD Transportation Department at (509) 662-6168 or visit the WSD employment page.