Bus drivers needed: Osceola School District hosts job fair ahead of summer

District hopes to attract bus drivers and ease shortage

Osceola County Public Schools transportation services is hiring multiple bus drivers.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – There are only seven school days left for Osceola County students, though transportation services said it still needs nearly 40 more bus drivers to cover summer school and the new school year which starts in August.

This comes after months of dealing with a bus-driver shortage across the district, resulting in issues with covering certain bus routes.

On Tuesday, the department hosted another job fair to attract applicants.

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“Right now, we’d like 38 but that’s 38 drivers to put a driver in every seat for every route that we have built,” said Arby Creach, Osceola County Schools transportation services director.

Creach explained the department has 212 bus drivers, with some having to double up with routes due to the shortage of drivers.

They are also seeking to hire 140 additional bus monitors.

In April, several drivers called out ahead of the Easter holiday weekend, which put a couple of school bus routes in jeopardy. The department contacted parents about the delays.

“We had a very high call out during Easter weekend and unfortunately anytime there’s a holiday, a Friday or a Monday, unfortunately absenteeism goes up,” he said.

News 6 was there to see transportation workers planning school bus routes for summer school and the new school year.

According to transportation services, those applying for a position do not need to hold a CDL (the driver’s license needed to drive a non-commercial vehicle), high school diploma or GED.

Instead, the department will be able to provide drivers with training to get their CDL.

“What we are going to do double is what we’ve done basically all year. We double up our routes, we split our routes out, and sometimes we have to triple back, and our drivers are working very, very hard and we are really proud of the drivers,” he said.

The district said school bus drivers will make a minimum wage of $15 starting July 1, though that wage is still subject to union negotiations. The district is also in need of school bus monitors.

Interested applicants can find more information and apply on the school district’s website.

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Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!

Anthony, a graduate of the University of Florida, joined ClickOrlando.com in April 2022.