Transportation Services to focus on recruiting efforts in new year

The Houston Independent School District’s Transportation Services department will spend the new year focusing on recruitment efforts as it works to hire 30 more drivers by March.  

The department will begin hosting monthly bus driver job fairs in February 2020 as part of continuing efforts to make sure all routes are fully staffed, and additional drivers are available to provide coverage when employees are absent. 

Transportation Services General Manager John Wilcots IV said three job fairs will be held each month — one on a Saturday and two on weekdays. The upcoming job fairs are expected to give the department a head start on staffing for the summer and the 2020-2021 school year.  

“We’ve got drivers in training now, and we’re still seeing bus driver applications trickle in,” Wilcots said. “We encourage anyone who likes to work with students and is interested in becoming a school bus driver to apply. This is a great opportunity for anyone, including retirees and those looking for part-time work since we can also offer single shifts to accommodate their schedules.” 

During the job fairs, Transportation Services staff will conduct application reviews, on-site interviews, and drug testing, with offers extended to eligible candidates. All applicants must bring their valid driver’s license, Social Security card or their employment authorization card/visa to job fairs, if applicable. 

Bus drivers earn a starting hourly wage of $18 and will be provided free CDL training. Other benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, Teacher Retirement System participation and special trip pay options. 

All applicants must be at least 18 with a valid Texas driver’s license and a motor vehicle report with less than six points. They must also be able to pass a background investigation, drug and alcohol screening, and a Department of Transportation physical. Applicants also must be able to communicate in English — both orally and in writing.