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The Best Seat on the School Bus – PVSchools Is Hiring Bus Drivers, Bus Aides

Monday , March 02 , 2020

We See Excellence In Your Future bus driver and student

Like many school districts across the Valley, PVSchools is in need of qualified bus drivers to transport students to and from school, as well as bus aides to assist special education students. 

“PVSchools currently has 41 open positions for bus drivers and bus aides. For the most part, being employed as a bus driver or bus aide provides a flexible work schedule that requires no weekend work,” said Brandon George, assistant director of the Transportation Department.

Bus drivers have one of the most important roles in a school district as they are in charge of transporting students safely to and from school each day, as well as on school field trips and district athletic events. 

We don’t hire just anyone to transport our most precious cargo. Bus drivers need to be alert, patient, caring and prepared for any obstacle that comes their way, including road work, road closures, traffic, and weather conditions such as rain and dust storms.

Make A Lasting Impression

Bus drivers and bus aides are the first and last district employees to interact with students by greeting them each morning as they board the bus and returning them safely to their families at the end of the school day. Students depend on bus drivers to show up twice a day, five days a week. 

“A bus driver or bus aide career is rewarding because you get to work with children every day. As a driver or aide, you are building relationships and making lasting impressions on the students who ride your school buses,” George added.

Safety First

Before starting their route in the morning, each bus driver ensures that their bus is in tip-top shape by performing a safety check, which includes checking oil levels, transmission fluid, tires, and emergency exits. At the end of the school day, when the route is complete, drivers return to the bus yard to perform a few more safety checks before heading home for the day.

A Day in the Life of a Bus Driver

George explains, “A bus driver arrives at work around 6 a.m. every morning. They check their box for any route instructions from dispatch. The bus driver pre-trips their assigned bus. The bus driver starts his or her route, which consists of a high school, middle school, and elementary school. The average bus driver returns back to the yard around 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The bus driver is due back at the bus lot at 1:30 p.m. They typically repeat the same process. The average bus driver’s day ends between 4-4:30 p.m.”  

Bus Driver Pay Ranges

The starting pay ranges for bus drivers, which is based on K-12 driving experience, is between $16.20 and $17.36. PVSchools hourly wage for bus drivers is more than our peer districts.

  • Scottsdale Unified: $15.97
  • Cave Creek Unified: $15.54
  • Deer Valley Unified: $15.19
  • Peoria Unified: $13.61
  • Mesa Unified: $13.34

Bus driver applicants must meet certain requirements, including being at least 21-years-old, and have a certified five (5) year motor vehicle record (clear of any moving violations). PVSchools will train all newly hired bus drivers at no cost. The applicant is responsible for paying a one-time $35 fee at the Arizona Motor Vehicle Department for testing.

PVSchools Benefits Package

PVSchools offers a competitive benefits package that includes:

  • Free employee-only medical benefits package (must work 30 hours a week to be eligible)
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Arizona State Retirement System - employer matching pension plan
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Free uniforms

Interested? Apply Today!

Interested candidates should view the job descriptions for the bus driver and bus aide positions and follow the directions to apply.

Learn more and start an online application.