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Arizona School Districts Ramp Up Recruitment Efforts Amid Bus Driver Shortage

Monday , June 14 , 2021

PHOENIX – School may have wrapped up for the summer, but district officials throughout Arizona will be busy preparing for the next school year.

One of the big challenges they hope to address over the summer is the school bus driver shortage that has impacted their operations. Almost every district has multiple job openings for school bus drivers right now and districts are struggling to recruit drivers every year.

Florence was not the only district getting creative in staffing the school buses. Across the Valley, Paradise Valley school district officials said they were 37 drivers short, so the school year had been all hands-on deck when it came to getting students to and from school.

"We have our dispatchers and our routers and all of the employees in the transportation department will drive our students," said Michelle Otstot, a Director of Human Resources for the Paradise Valley Unified School District.

Queen Creek and the Dysart Unified school districts both offer starting salaries that were over $16 an hour, while in Paradise Valley experienced drivers were getting more.

"We have a higher rate of pay at $18 an hour or up to $18 an hour," said Otstot.

  • The Paradise Valley Unified School District has 37 vacancies for a total staff of 112 drivers. The district is hosting a hybrid job fair on July 13.

Excerpts taken from the ABC15 Arizona website. Read the full ABC15 Arizona news story or watch the video package here:


Learn more about the PVSchools Job Fair on Tuesday, July 13.