Now hiring: Osceola schools hold job fair, offer higher pay for bus drivers as shortage continues

District says it’s hiring more drivers ahead of school year

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – The Osceola School District is holding another job fair in an attempt to hire more bus drivers for the upcoming school year.

The job fair is being held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Osceola County School District Transportation Department. This comes after months of dealing with a bus-driver shortage across the district, resulting in issues with covering certain bus routes.

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“They are making double trips, extra trips. Buses are late, unfortunately,” said Randy Wheeler with Osceola County Schools Transportation Services.

For the next school year, the district needs to hire 35 extra drivers and 140 extra bus attendants.

The district reached an agreement in June to raise the district’s starting wage for full-time drivers to $16.50 an hour. Any substitute drivers, attendants and full-time attendants will start at $15 an hour.

“For us that’s pretty exciting. One because the people deserve it. They are out there working hard,” Wheeler said. “I’m pretty proud to report Osceola County is one of the highest paying school districts in Florida when it comes to bus drivers and bus attendants.”

Applicants do not need a commercial driver’s license as the district provides training in July. The district said it will waive the high school diploma or GED requirement for applicants if they fit the criteria.

There will also be some door prizes for those who show up to the fair.

To apply, click here. Interested applicants are asked to bring their driver’s license, social security card and three years of driving records.

There will be another job fair before the first day of the school year on Aug. 10.

If you have any questions, you can call the district’s transportation department at 407-518-4540.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.