Businesses across town are getting ready for the new school year on Monday. But one local agency hit a little bump in the road.
"We are looking for qualified applicants to apply for school bus drivers. We still have seven positions to fill," said Randi Bullard, General Manager.
The company says they have enough drivers to cover Lubbock routes, but are facing a shortage in Frenship and Brownfield. LISD representative Nancy Sharp says the Lubbock routes are fully staffed.
"It's something that parents that don't want to pay for daycare can bring their kids to work with them. Retirees that just aren't ready to stay home every day, still want to be a little busy but just not working full time, it works well for them," Bullard said.
She says applicants must have a clean criminal background and a clean driving record.
Starting pay is $9.50/hour and Bullard says if you apply right now they will pay for your training and part of your commercial driver's license.
"We do enjoy what we do and we do love our kids very much and we do care about their safety and we hope there are some people out there that feel the same way," she said.
However, starting on Monday, they will have to improvise.
Bullard says they are bringing in two bus drivers from Dallas and will have to use some of their office staff for the first week of school.
Andy Penney, spokesperson for Frenship Independent School District, wants to assure parents their children will have rides next week.
Nevertheless, Bullard says they still need drivers for the rest of the school year.
So until then, it may be a bumpy ride for the agency as they looks to fill those empty seats.
You can find out more by calling 866-2136 or visiting Durham at 8416 Alcove Avenue.
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