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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 offers a competitive benefits package that includes:
Interested candidates should view the job descriptions for the bus driver and bus aide positions and follow the directions to apply.