First Student wants more bus drivers

WICHITA, Kansas – The company that takes the city’s young minds to and from school everyday is facing a shortage of drivers.

First Student says it is looking for about 50 more school bus drivers. The company is about ten percent short of its ideal staffing levels, but it has enough drivers to cover all routes.

Finding more drivers would help improve consistency so that students can develop a bond with their drivers, according to Jenifer Collins, a trainer at First Student.

“That’s what we’re looking to do, is have that same person in that seat every day, not have to send a different sub driver, so that kids get to know who their driver is and parents can know who their driver is,” she said.

Officials with USD 259 said they are not concerned with any current shortage of drivers, and have not had to consider any adjustments in service.

Interested people can apply at First Student, 4141 N. Seneca, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Upon meeting initial requirements, a comprehensive 3-week course must be completed to become a driver.

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