Bend-La Pine Schools, short of bus drivers, hosting 3 test drives, hiring events
(Update: Added video, comment from Bend-La Pine Transportation Manager)
Pre-retirees put pressure on a key position
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Bend-La Pine Schools gives you the chance to try before you apply … to become a school bus driver.
Due to a shortage of bus drivers for the upcoming school year, when most students are expected to return to face-to-face learning and need transportation again, Bend-La Pine Schools are hosting special events. school bus test on July 14, 21 and 28.
The events are intended for those interested in testing bus driving before registering and applying.
“We’re just looking for new people who want to work with children,” Transportation Director Kim Crabtree told NewsChannel 21 on Monday.
She said the district saw a high number of early retirees last year, which she added was a trend in the state.
“We need 36 drivers, and we can often fill our shortages with clerical staff, but we don’t have that kind of clerical staff,” Crabtree said.
The events will consist of a short test drive through a route to the Transportation Administration bus depot on Second Street in Bend.
And of course, the workouts will be supervised.
If you feel you want the job, you can apply for the event. All you need is a clean driving record and a valid Oregon driver’s license. The district will do all the training.
The school district has also sent postcards to the community, looking for full and part-time bus drivers, offering $ 20 an hour and more to get started and to help train those in need. a commercial driver’s license.
Crabtree, a former driver herself, said the opportunity was worth it.
“You can really bond with kids,” she said. “You see them every morning and every afternoon. “
More information is available at: https://www.bend.k12.or.us/district/home/jobs-bls/support-staff-jobs
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