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Bus Driver Recruitment Incentive Program Implemented

Hopkins County Board of Education has implemented a Bus Driver Recruitment Incentive Program to address the driver shortage.

Employees will receive a $500 referral bonus after referring a new bus driver or monitor who complete one year on the job. New drivers or monitors will receive a $1,000 new hire bonus after completing one year on the job. (Driver trainer time will count towards the year’s time for bus drivers.)

The board also voted to increase hourly wage for 1st year bus drivers to $12.54 from $11.52.

Currently, the district needs about 15 additional drivers to fill open routes, reduce the number of second runs, and increase the number of sub drivers. The Recruitment Incentive Program will be reviewed when the 2020-2021 salary schedule is approved.