ENDICOTT (WBNG) – Union-Endicott Central School District hosts its Bus Driver Career Fair – providing information and training for those interested in the career.
With school districts across the country facing a shortage of bus drivers, EU CSD hopes to attract more drivers to the profession.
Driver Fred Goodall says the district has hosted the job fair for several years. He said they have had great success despite the shortage of drivers.
“It’s a nationwide shortage and the job fairs have been very successful,” Goodall said. “Actually today we had a candidate and I’m pretty sure he will apply. I think I can get it through training.
The job fair gives people the opportunity to come and learn about the benefits of being a driver, while also having the opportunity to sit on a bus and drive it to get a feel for what the job entails.
Transportation Supervisor Lisa Bennett said the school district also pays for drivers to receive their CDLs if they want to work for the school.
“For a school bus driver, you need to have a Class B license. You also need a passenger and school bus endorsement, as well as an air brake endorsement,” said Bennett. “One thing New York State school bus drivers don’t need right now is the physical DOT card.”
UE will host the next Bus Driver Career Fair on Thursday, April 14 from 9-11 a.m. For more information, call EU CSD Transport at (607) 757-2125.