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Frisco ISD Has Urgent Need for Bus Drivers

Jul 19, 2017

The Frisco ISD Transportation Department will host a job fair on Wednesday, August 2 to recruit and hire bus drivers, bus monitors and crossing guards for the 2017-18 school year. 

With a little over a month until the first day of school, FISD is short approximately 30 bus drivers to staff both regular and special education bus routes in the new school year.  

Frisco ISD offers competitive pay and a number of benefits to attract prospective employees, including paid training for individuals who do not possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

Bus drivers are eligible for health and retirement benefits and enjoy split shifts, flexible hours, year-round pay and weekends and school holidays off. No matter where they live, employees’ children are also eligible to attend FISD schools.

“It is an ongoing challenge to fill these positions, especially as more drivers are needed as the District grows,” said Transportation Director Doug Becker. "It gets even more difficult in a good economy and job market."

The bus driver shortage isn’t new or unique to Frisco ISD, but has been exacerbated by retirements and resignations typically seen between school years.

Frisco ISD transported 8,500 regular education riders and 800 special education students on 156 routes each day during the 2016-17 school year, driving a total of 2.5 million miles.

On a daily basis last school year, the FISD Transportation Department had to pull multiple staff members out of the office in order to cover bus driver vacancies and absences. These employees, who are also certified bus drivers, are needed in their normal roles dispatching and supervising bus transportation.

“We can – and have made – staffing modifications to ensure all routes go out on time and children get to and from school safely,” Becker said. “It’s our top priority. But we certainly don’t want to start the new school year down so many drivers and hope to fill as many of these positions as possible over the next few weeks.”

Applications for bus driver openings, as well as bus monitor and crossing guard positions, are being accepted now at friscoisd.org/employment.

Prospective employees can also apply and interview on-site during the transportation job fair on August 2. The event will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. at Frisco ISD Transportation West, 10701 Dallas Parkway. View the event flier.

School starts in Frisco ISD on August 21.

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