Miamisburg schools are seeking to hire bus drivers after the district has reduced the number of routes to accommodate students requiring transportation, officials said. FILE

School bus driver shortage forces Miamisburg to reduce routes

The district continues to look at combining more routes – which have led to longer bus rides for students – as it looks to hire eight or more bus drivers, officials said.

“We will hire as many as needed to fill all routes, including those that were reduced,” Superintendent David Vail said in an email.

“Students and parents can expect these issues to last until we can hire enough drivers to cover all routes that we originally had and will reinstate routes if and when we can,” he added.

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The district has three open contracted permanent positions and at least five more substitute slots it needs to fill, said Mechael Reed, transportation supervisor for the district, which includes most of Miami Twp. and part of German Twp.

The pay for substitute bus drivers is $14.20 per hour and contracted drivers start at $18.23 an hour, Reed said. The district is offering paid training for contracted drivers, according to an advertisement.

Miamisburg has dealing with bus driving vacancies for months, Reed said.

“Routes were eliminated one week before the start of school and after the start of school routes have been combined to reduce the number of drivers needed.,” she said.

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Th district is “currently looking into combining a few more routes” at a time when buses are “at or near capacity” and neighbors on the same street are assigned to different buses, Reed added.

Applications can be found at https://miamisburgcityschools.org/images/District/classified.pdf.

Those interested are asked to submit a cover letter and application to Heather Wright at wright@miamisburg.k12.oh.us or humanresources@miamisburg.k12.oh.usApplication.

Information can also be sent to: Miamisburg City Schools, 540 E. Park Ave., Miamisburg, Ohio, 45342. The phone number is (937) 866-3381 Ext. 3004 and fax number (937) 865-5250.

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