Tulsa Public Schools short 40 bus drivers for district's nearly 175 routes, recruiting new drivers

TULSA - The Tulsa Public Schools district is recruiting parents to help bus kids to school.  The district is short 40 bus drivers.

TPS administrators say the shortage is not affecting the routes.  Other licensed drivers are filling in with the 175 routes, but the district is reaching out to parents and asking those interested to apply.

The starting pay during training is $9.35 an hour.  After 45 days, pay increases to $10.71.

Applicants will be trained.

"Sometimes people are insecure about it when first stepping on, it's a large vehicle," said Rosalyn Vann-Jackson, assistant director for transportation.  "We have excellent training, many have been doing this for years.  They're able to minimize the insecurities for the drivers once we get them in the bus."

Applicants will need a high school diploma or GED.  They have to be able to lift more than 50 pounds, pass a physical and get a CDL permit.

Applicants must also pass a background check and a drug screening.

Positions are full time at 30 hours a week.

Applicants can apply at tulsaschools.org.

Administrators say high bus driver turnover is a national problem.

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