WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Williamson County Schools is in need of bus drivers due to continued growth across the district.
School officials said additional routes have been added and will continue to be added as growth demands.
Some drivers are making double runs due to a serious lack at some schools this year.
“WCS remains painfully short on drivers,” said Deputy Superintendent and General Counsel Jason Golden. “With normal life events and occasional sick days, we face shortages every day.”
There are currently 224 drivers on staff, but the county can use up to 20 more each day.
Although the district has been working hard to recruit new drivers all summer, Golden says the county’s low unemployment rate creates a unique challenge for recruiters.
“School districts across the nation are experiencing a bus driver shortage, especially in suburban areas,” said Golden. “For us, the challenge is even greater since so many of our county residents are currently employed.”
According to Williamson County Schools, the job comes with the below “perks”:
- Summers off
- Competitive wages (starting pay is $14.72 per hour with no experience)
- Split shift, which gives a lot of freedom in the middle of the day
- No required weekends
- Paid training
- Great benefits including employer-paid health insurance coverage
- Work that allows you to be off your feet
- Extra income for retirees
- Holidays off to spend with family and friends
- Making a difference in the lives of students