Killeen: School district needs bus drivers

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) With 70 spots to fill, the Killeen ISD is finding new ways to attract more school bus drivers.

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The district’s transportation director and bus driver, Edward Thomas, says hiring drivers is a bit of a challenge.

“We have a lot of competition with other (commercial driver’s license) required jobs,” Thomas said.

Killeen ISD is offering incentives in hopes of attracting recruits.

“It equates to $1,000 in the first year of employment, we do reimburse your CDL testing cost,” Thomas said.

On Thursday, the district hosted a seminar at which potential drivers learned how to obtain a CDL and about the benefits they would receive if they worked for the district.

The school bus driver shortage is a problem nationwide, the district says.

The Midway ISD has a chronic shortage.

Other districts like Belton and Waco are fully staffed but continue to hire to avoid vacancies.