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Yakima School District looking for more bus drivers

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YAKIMA, WA- The Yakima School District is looking to hire more substitute bus drivers for the upcoming school year. Substitute bus drivers fill in for contracted permanent drivers who have to take time off work for an extended period of time. Right now the Yakima School District has 52 full time drivers, but they are looking to add at least 7 to 10 more substitutes. "We're always hiring for subs, we're constantly having openings," says Director of Transportation Art Rodriguez. A substitute bus driver typically works 4-6 hour shifts in a day various times per week. If the school district can't find more drivers, that could impact your student's bus routes and school schedule. 

One of the main reason why numbers in drivers have dropped vary, but one of the main reasons comes from irregular part time hours and split morning and afternoon shift. Some of the requirements to be a driver include:

Time Commitment: 60 hrs of Training Cost Commitment (Testing & Licensing): $398.00

Reimbursable Expenses after 60 days of driving: $179.00

Fingerprinting, DOT Drug Testing & DOT Physical Salary: $18.00 per hour (Substitute wage)

Directly Responsible To: Director of Transportation

Minimum Qualifications:

• Be at least 21 years old.

• Have at least five (5) years prior driving experience.

• Possess a valid Washington State Driver’s license.

• Qualify for a Commercial Driver’s license.

• Will be required to provide a satisfactory Driver’s Abstract showing professional and personal driving record. Applicants who have been convicted of driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, negligent driving or hit and run driving will not be considered for employment.

• Pass DOT physical examination.

• High school diploma or G.E.D.

• Capable of handling bus under normal or abnormal conditions.

• Commercial driving experience preferred.

• Record of dependability, flexibility, and strong attendance.

• Establish and maintain a professional and positive working relationship with students, parents, staff and the general public.

• Desire to be a role model for students.

• Maintain confidentiality

For more information on how to join or if you're interested in apply you can call (509) 573-7062 or fill out an application online https://www.yakimaschools.org/Page/1719

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