“I tell a lot of people, ‘I chose this job, this job didn’t choose me,'” said Jeannette Tierney, a bus driver recruiter.
UPPER DARBY TWP., Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Like many school districts these days, the Upper Darby School District is facing a shortage of bus drivers – and is looking for dozens of drivers to apply.
“I tell a lot of people, ‘I chose this job, this job didn’t choose me,'” said Jeannette Tierney, bus driver recruiter and senior instructor for the Upper Darby School District.
Tierney knows his stuff when it comes to driving school buses.
“Twenty-one years in all and it’s one of the greatest jobs I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” Tierney said.
Tierney said she’s calling applicants every day and working to recruit more riders for the team.
“We’re probably looking for about 40 drivers at this point,” Tierney said.
The shortage they face can be felt across the country and here in the Delaware Valley.
It’s the ideal job for bus driver Terry Johnson.
“This is the most fulfilling part-time, full-time job available. Lots of flexibility,” Johnson said.
They pay new hires to train their CDL, which they say can take upwards of a month depending on the individual.
“We start at $18 an hour. Once you get your license, you go down to $19 for 90 calendar days and then to $21, on the second anniversary to $22 and on the third anniversary to $23,” Tierney said.
Tierney said money is important, but what they care most about is the safety of the 7,000 children they transport every day.
“At the end of the day, when I go home and put my head on the pillow, I know I got these kids home safely, and when they’re on the bus, they’re my kids,” Tierney said.
They are also looking for bus attendants; Salary for this position is approximately $12.35/hr.
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