Courtesy of: Tajuana Cheshier
Jackson-Madison County (TN) Schools is running short on substitute school bus drivers, which can sometimes cause delays in students being picked up on the way to or from school.
Transportation supervisor Grant Ward said the district has 22 substitute drivers on its list but it really needs a total of 30
“The subs have schedule conflicts also, and it’s their choice on whether they accept the work for that day, just like a
substitute teacher,” Ward said.
“We can always use more drivers,” he said. In cases where a substitute driver is called, Ward said, the goal is to complete all pick-ups and drop-offs within a 45-minute time frame.
When a route is late, Ward said the transportation department notifies the school so that the office can begin calling affected
He said the challenge is attracting and retaining substitute drivers.
“A full-time driver earns $13.37 an hour in the first year and tops out at $14.12 an hour at 15 years,” Ward explained. Full-time drivers work six hours a day and are paid for 30 hours per week. “Substitute drivers make $13.37 an hour,” Ward said.
Ward encouraged those who meet driver qualifications to apply for the substitute drivers position.
Apply at the Transportation Center, 59 Harts Bridge Road, call (731) 988-3890 ext. 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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