Hoover City Schools working to fill bus driver shortage

Hoover schools bus driver shortage

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Schools didn’t have an issue filling bus driver jobs years ago, but that’s no longer the case.

Parents in Hoover are supposed to fill out forms saying their children will ride a bus, but sometimes more kids jump on the bus than expected.

"We have students enrolling throughout the school year. A lot of of them opt for school bus transportation and that means we are always in a state of flux with our transportation department and that includes needing more drivers from time to time. " Jason Gaston, spokesman for the Hoover School System.

Hoover was down by 10 drivers, but that hole should be filled by October 1.

Hoover is in competition with other school systems for drivers.

“It takes a special person to drive a school bus. You need a CDL (commercial drivers license). A passion for being around school children. You got to have flexible hours. You got to start with entry level pay grade.” Gaston said.

That usually means starting between $14,500-$18,000. The school system tries to appeal to retired people who want good benefits, you’ll be part of the retirement system of Alabama.

If you are interested in a job for the Hoover School system, call 205-439-1120.

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