School districts struggle to find bus drivers ahead of the new school year

School districts across Green Country are getting ready for a new school year. But as we approach the 2021-2022 school year, some districts are struggling to hire bus drivers.

The pandemic hit some transportation departments hard and they’re still feeling the effects. Some drivers left their positions and didn’t return.

In a FOX23 investigation in 2016, we told you the Department of Public Safety required a detailed and timed test. Drivers had to name parts of the bus and many drivers complained that only a mechanic would need to know those answers.

Some changes have been made over the past few years to make the test more manageable.

Now, some districts are also working to get a third-party examiner who will test drivers on-site, so they won’t have to go to the DMV.

Union Public Schools already has a third-party examiner and Jenks Public Schools will soon receive one.

The Jenks School District says drivers do get paid while they train, which usually lasts three to five weeks.

Some school districts are also offering incentive to new hires.