Twin Cities metro needs 100 more school bus drivers


With the start of many schools just days away in the metro, a Twin Cities school bus company is still scrambling to find about 100 more drivers, WCCO reports.

But parents, don't worry. All buses will run on schedule on the first day of school, WCCO reports. Company officials said trained administrators, and perhaps drivers from other states, will fill in until all the open jobs are filled.

Interested in a job? Here's more info on how to apply. The gig pays up to $18.50 an hour, and it can amount to a full-time job, First Student says.

And dealing with all those kids? There's special training for that. The middle schoolers can be the biggest challenge, one company official tells WCCO.

A company official told WCCO that the driver shortage may be in part due to a strengthening in the economy – people are finding better jobs. The Twin Cities is not alone in its shortage. Columbus, Ohio, school officials this week told families that school bus routes would be delayed due to a driver shortage.

School buses in Minnesota make at least 10,000 school bus trips daily, state transportation officials say. Minnesota is one of only three states that mandate the post-Labor Day school starts, the Star Tribune reported earlier this year, although there are exceptions. Minneapolis schools start Monday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says school buses are the safest mode of transportation for children, who are eight times safer riding in a bus to school than any other vehicles.

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