NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro Nashville Public Schools is hoping to hire more bus drivers for the upcoming school year.
In October, the district warned parents about the 100 plus openings telling them drivers would have to double up on routes keeping some students on the bus for as long as 90 minutes.
That’s changed drastically in six months. The district has been on a hiring spree, averaging about 20 applicants a week.
“We’re able to get our students to and from school safely and on time now, we still have some challenges that we need to work through, but we’re slowly getting there and very excited about that,” said Director of Transportation Taffy Marsh.
The school board gave the drivers a pay raise so they could compete with other school districts.
They are now down below 40 openings for next school year and holding numerous job fairs in hopes of filling them.
Thursday, April 28 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Bellevue Community Center, located at 656 Collice Jeanne Road in Nashville.
Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Hartman Park Community Center. It is located at 2801 Tucker Road in Nashville.
District officials plan to schedule more job fairs throughout the summer.