by: Michael Lopardi, WFTV Web Staff Updated:
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The Orange County School District told Eyewitness News it needs more bus drivers for its upcoming school year next month.
An official with the district said Tuesday that they need to fill another 60 spots.
Channel 9’s Michael Lopardi got a chance to test drive the 40-foot-long school bus at the district's closed off training course.
“Turn it, all the way. No, don't let the bus move. Just turn the wheel,” said instructor Terence Saunders.
New drivers have to pass the training before getting on the road.
“It can be intimidating. A lot of people, the biggest thing they've driven, is a minivan,” said Mike Barnett, safety and trainer administrator.
The district held a job fair Tuesday and made offers to potential drivers on the spot. Drivers must obtain a commercial learner's permit and have a good driving record. From there, the district walks new hires through the training.
“I actually have a lot of family members that have been bus drivers for years and they actually love it,” said Jekeyah Holmes who applied for one of the open positions.
The position starts at $12.32 an hour. Drivers must pass a physical and perhaps most demanding, be able to work with children.
“Just a good attitude. Just a good approach and the will to do it,” Barnett said.
If the district can’t find enough drivers, it will have substitutes fill in, officials said.
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