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New bus drivers can make an additional $4,000 this school year, thanks to new recruitment program

New bus drivers can make an additional $4,000 this school year, thanks to a new Transportation Recruitment & Retention Program at SPS. 

“Current and future benefited bus drivers and bus aides can enhance their pay by participating in the Transportation Recruitment and Retention Program at SPS,” said Penney Rector, Chief Human Resources Officer. “There are a variety of ways our current Transportation team can earn incentive payments by helping the district attract and retain our region’s top drivers. We want the best to work for SPS, and this effort will help us attract top talent.” 

Current bus drivers and aides can earn $250 for every new bus driver they refer to SPS, with an additional $250 incentive payment provided after the new driver completes 12 weeks. Plus, additional peer coaching stipends, a safe driving program and a new attendance program rewards current drivers as they serve SPS students. 

“SPS bus drivers serve students as the first educator a child sees every day,” said Jonathan Shelden, director of transportation. “By rewarding their professionalism and our drivers’ commitment to excellence, we are showing our team how much we value the work they do to meet the needs of our learners. It also shows our community that driving for Team SPS is a job they want to have.” 

New bus drivers have a starting wage of $17 per hour and can earn up to $20 per hour, for part-time and full-time work. Plus, benefited SPS employees receive paid health insurance (base plan), paid time off and PSRS/PEERS retirement. 

How New SPS Bus Drivers Can Earn $4,000 in 2021-2022:

  • Remain in the district for one school year as a benefited bus driver ($1,000 at the conclusion of each quarter during the school year)
  • Complete all prerequisites for employment (including background and children’s division checks)
  • Complete all training requirements
  • No driving citations during the applicable quarter (evaluated each quarter)
  • No department infractions related to safety expectations
  • No at-fault accidents (including in-lot accidents)
  • Effective for hires through Dec. 31, 2021.