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Old 08-12-2012, 02:19 PM
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It's not just the first and second largest districts in the county that need drivers. SAISD had signs up all of last school year saying that they were "still" hiring drivers.
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:55 PM
 
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Couldnt pay me enough to drive brats around. No wonder they have problems
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:11 PM
 
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if they paid more i guarantee theyd have more applicants. as badhornet said, the environment itself sucks to drive rugrats around. plus i bet the drivers' bosses prob don't give them a pleasant work atmosphere in general. i have a class B CDL but i can do marketing jobs that pay twice that. traveling gigs that pay even more. why drive a commericial vehicle and make pennies when there are plenty other CDL driver jobs that pay more?
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:10 AM
 
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Woa VIA's rates dropped, I applied back in 07 and I was going to start at 22.50 I did have all my endorsements and a class A.
VIA never paid that much. I worked for them in 2007 and 2008 making 12.41 part-time and then 13.40 full-time.

I believe most school bus drivers average 25 hours a week. It's a bad part-time job to have since the split shift does not allow room for another job and most drivers won't have work in the summer.
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:09 AM
 
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It's very tough for school districts to fill these jobs, considering that they're only offering part time schedules with split hours, and the job requires a CDL. Very few people, other than some retirees and some students, are inclined to do it.

The districts say that cancelling or reducing school bus service is not an option. So if they can't find enough drivers (and they almost certainly won't) their plan is to have other district employees, such as their bus barn mechanics and supervisors, fill in to drive the buses.

The districts are going to have to re-think their approach to these bus driver jobs - either raise the pay to compete with the market, or find a way to make the jobs full-time with other duties during times when they're not needed to drive the buses. It's possible that the mechanics and other fill-in drivers will eventually be put on schedules where they drive a bus either in the mornings or in the afternoons, and then work in the shop the rest of their day.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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NISD is providing full training.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:44 AM
 
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Raise their pay? You all have heard that most of these districts were on hiring freezes and faced budget cutbacks right? Not sure where everyone thinks they will get the money from. There are quite a few jobs in education areas that are underpaid but they are good jobs.
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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Raise their pay? You all have heard that most of these districts were on hiring freezes and faced budget cutbacks right? Not sure where everyone thinks they will get the money from. There are quite a few jobs in education areas that are underpaid but they are good jobs.
Of course they are all cutting budgets. But the fact is: local school districts aren't hiring anywhere near enough bus drivers to meet their needs with the offers they are making. At the same time, they say that cutting back on school bus service is not an option. (Although in fact many districts already have, such as NEISD with its new "2-mile limit" - kids who live less than 2 miles from their school are not eligible to ride the bus.)

Therefore, school districts have 2 hard choices - either offer better pay/better schedules/better benefits (full-time) to compete with other employers who ARE successfully hiring drivers, or acknowledge that their existing employees are going to have to add bus driving to their other duties. That's what several of the districts already plan to do - make their bus barn mechanics and supervisors drive the school buses.

Otherwise, what else can they do but cut back on school bus service, or charge families extra for it?

Unfortunately, just about everything costs money. Nobody wants to pay it, though.
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:36 PM
 
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they say that cutting back on school bus service is not an option. (Although in fact many districts already have, such as NEISD with its new "2-mile limit" - kids who live less than 2 miles from their school are not eligible to ride the bus.)
The 2 mile limit has been in effect for over 10 years...
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:50 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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doing less with more... kind of the way we do it in the classroom. I hate it all around but unfortunately this is not a new concept to the district.

I do hope they have more people apply. There are plenty of people looking for work. It may not be their ideal job, but it's better than no job.
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