A recent national school transportation study published by hopskipdrive.com found more than 78% of respondents said the bus driver shortage was a problem.
“We are currently filling all of our staffing needs with our mechanics, our office staff, any of our currently hired in substitutes and pretty much right now it’s all hands on deck,” Silverthorn said.
Bus drivers are required to get a Commercial Driver’s License before working. For those without their CDL, Kettering is offering paid training.
It is also offering from $18.44 to $23.77 per hour, full benefits and guaranteeing 22.5 hours per week, according to its website.
Interviews will be held Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kettering Transportation Department, 2640 Wilmington Pike, next to Beavertown Elementary School.
The department’s phone number is 937-499-1770. But stopping in and filling out an application is recommend, as the department does not accept online applications, Silverthorn said.