Union Public Schools still struggling to fill staffing positions as school year starts

TULSA, Okla. — Union Public Schools is still looking to fill staffing positions as the school year starts on Wednesday.

The district just announced bus drivers will be getting $2 per hour more starting right away.

Starting pay will be $15 per hour for drivers with no experience, drivers with experience will start at higher rates.

Also, there’s a $2,000 signing bonus for full time bus drivers.

The school district said they are also looking for teachers and substitutes as well.

Staffing shortages were a big reason they had to switch to virtual learning last year.

Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler welcomed district staff to another school year at the Union Performing Arts Center.

“We will welcome over 15,000 students into our schools and our classrooms,” Hartzler said on Tuesday. “The children that we welcome are the best our parents have to offer. Whether they come perfectly prepared with language and academic skills or not – we have a huge responsibility to nurture, civilize, and educate all the children that come to us.”