The school district continues to seek bus drivers and is holding another job fair Friday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Summit Boulevard compound.
This is the first job fair since the Palm Beach County School Board signed off on raises that brought a driver’s minimum pay up to $14 an hour. Drivers also get full health benefits, life insurance and a retirement plan.
The district also dusting off a recruitment tool it has used in the past but not recently : putting out a robo-call to the parents on its phone list. The move has already landed more than 200 inquiries, said district spokeswoman Kathy Burstein.
The district is looking to fill 44 substitute driving positions as well as build a stable of drivers ahead of the beginning of next school year. Last year, school began with a shortage.
Palm Beach County isn’t the only district to struggle this year with driver shortages. The Orlando Sentinel reported earlier that Seminole County and others in Central Florida were “having a hard time recruiting and keeping bus drivers.” The culprit, an improving economy that lures some to jobs that pay more and are less stressful.
In its appeal to job seekers, the Palm Beach County district noted drivers get “paid sick leave and a flexible work schedule so you can spend time with your family.”
The district provides the training required to be a certified driver.
From the district’s announcement: “It is our goal to ensure that each student we transport arrives safely to their assigned destination in the most efficient manner possible,” said newly-appointed Transportation Director Pete DiDionato. “We have a great team of dedicated individuals coming together for a common goal, but we need your help.”
“It is our goal to ensure that each student we transport arrives safely to their assigned destination in the most efficient manner possible,” said newly-appointed Transportation Director Pete DiDionato. “We have a great team of dedicated individuals coming together for a common goal, but we need your help.”
Interested in becoming a driver?
When: Fri. April 15, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 3300 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach
- You must be a licensed driver for 5 years and have a good driving record with not more than one moving violation in the past three years and not have a DUI charge for the previous 7 years.
- You must be of good character; be able to clear the district’s background check, drug screening, a DOT physical and be able to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License.
You can also call 561-242-6515 or apply online