By RON BENNINGFIELD
The large sign tied to the side of a yellow LaRue County school bus sitting in a field across from Hodgenville McDonalds states a need that is being felt not only locally, but also in many other areas of Kentucky.
“Now Hiring School Bus Drivers,” is written in large letters on the sign with the contact phone number, “270-358-4747.”
Ronald Whitlock, the school district’s area coordinator of transportation, said the need here is not so much for immediate permanent route drivers, but for substitutes.
“We don’t have any routes open at this time,” Whitlock noted. “However, we do have one driver retiring and may have more before summer.”
He said drivers typically start out as substitutes, driving on an as-needed basis with pay starting out at $12.94 per hour.
“We currently have 29 ½ routes daily and like to have three or four good subs at all times,” said Whitlock. “I am looking to hire four sub drivers at this time.”
Applicants would need to be flexible, good with children, and be able to pass a CDL physical along with drug screening and a TB skin test, he remarked.
“We provide training to get a class B CDL with passenger endorsement and school bus certification,” Whitlock commented. “Sub drivers are in line for full time positions as they come available.”
He has not set a deadline for applications, noting that he will talk to any qualified candidate at any time throughout the year.