Prospective Bus Drivers Invited to Open House

People interested in a job as a school bus driver or bus attendant for Loudoun County Public Schools is invited to a Transportation Department open house Thursday, Jan. 19.

They can attend the open house from 10 a.m. to noon or from 2 to 4 p.m. at the school system’s central garage, at 42000 Loudoun Center Place in Leesburg.

The school system has faced a bus driver shortage this year, reporting as many as 160 vacant positions.

At the open house Thursday, leaders in the Transportation Department will share information about available bus driver and attendant positons. Staff will be on hand to discuss vacancies, assist with the application process and answer questions.

The starting salary for the positions is $18.10 per hour. The school system offers paid Commercial Driver’s License training and a newly restructured benefits package that includes health insurance, dental and vision care, retirement, personal leave and sick leave.

A press release from the Transportation Department about the open house states, “As an added incentive, upon completion of training, drivers can bring their children on the bus. School bus drivers have the opportunity to have their mid-days free to manage home life while working in a rewarding field.”

Superintendent Eric Williams is also proposing an increase in bus drivers’ hours and pay to better recruit and retain drivers. The School Board will take up that proposal as part of its budget discussions this month.

Learn more by calling the Transportation Department at 571-252-1720.

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