WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – They are an essential part of the school day, but are apparently very hard to find.
The Williamson County school district continues to hire for bus drivers, as well as substitute teachers, teaching assistants, child care workers, and food service workers.
Yet another job fair was held Wednesday in the cafeteria of Brentwood Middle School.
Recruiter Julie Wilson told News 2 it’s been so difficult to hire bus drivers that the district has added a hiring incentive, paid training, and increased the starting pay to $14.43 an hour for drivers with no experience. Drivers with experience are paid more.
“There’s a shortage, and other school districts are feeling the same thing. We’ve even looked at temp agencies and they’re having the same issues with a shortage of bus drivers,” says Wilson.
Three new schools will open in Williamson County next year, which means hiring for these positions will continue even if current vacancies are filled.
Thirty-six thousands students are enrolled in county schools at 9 high schools, 8 middle schools and 23 elementary schools.
The next job fair will be in Franklin Wednesday, Sept. 16. Check here for more details.