Two Muscogee County School Board members hope to address a local school bus driver shortage and ongoing route issues by offering potential applicants a much prettier penny.
School Board members Frank Myers and John Thomas tell News 3 their solution is simple — you can’t hope to attract good bus drivers or keep them if they don’t get paid what they and their families need.
The two submitted a proposal to Monday’s school board agenda to increase starting bus drivers’ base pay from around $13 to $17 per hour. They also suggest offering a $500 signing bonus after six months of successful work and another $500 bonus and $1 per hour raise after working for the district more than one year.
The Muscogee County School District representative who responded to News 3 requests says they cannot comment on potential pay changes until the school board has voted on a decision. However, she says steps have been taken to fill the driver shortage such as offering free CDL qualification training.