National Bus Driver Shortage Felt Locally

bis-ad.pngThose interested in becoming a bus driver for TCPS should contact David Stofa, Transportation and Security Manager at 410-822-0330 ext. 138 or dstofa(at)tcps.k12.md.us, or just apply online.

You may have noticed banners, flyers, and advertisements around the community saying “Drivers Wanted.” Talbot County Public Schools is actively recruiting candidates to fill vacant bus driver positions, and apparently TCPS is not the only school system facing this shortage. 

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, “Against a backdrop of declining unemployment and rising wages, school districts around the country from Minneapolis to Houston are struggling to retain an adequate supply of drivers.” The article goes on to explain the results of a School Bus Fleet Magazine survey conducted in the fall of 2016, in which roughly 90% of the 231 participating school districts reported driver shortages. The survey also indicated that more than half of the participating districts had opted to raise the drivers’ hourly pay this year. 

This challenge is being felt very strongly here in Talbot and surrounding school districts. “We currently have multiple bus driver vacancies at Talbot County Public Schools,” said David Stofa, Transportation and Security Manager. “Right now we have other plant operations staff filling in, but we need to grow our team so that we can continue to provide safe, quality transportation for our students. Some of these positions are full-time, with benefits, and we will provide training!”

“This is a perfect position for younger retirees wishing to keep active and supplement their income, individuals working on completing their education a little later in life, or parents wishing to be available during the day for young children,” says Stofa. 


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