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The Bulloch County School system is looking for more bus drivers and they’re willing to offer free training for the people willing to take on the job.

“We’re offering free CDL and School Bus training classes for applicants who would like to apply for our available bus driver positions, so no prior experience is necessary,” said Janet Tanner, director of transportation. Starting salary for new drivers is $975 per month plus benefits.

First and second-year drivers go through mandatory training on student management, student privacy, first aid, railroad crossings, bus loading/unloading, fire extinguisher use, backdoor locking/unlocking, bus mechanics, preparing a bus for inspection, driving range, and preparing a bus for end-of-year return. All drivers are also required to test their driving skills on a standard bus range to keep skills sharp and help handle real-world, driving situations.

The school system has a fleet of 151 air conditioned buses that serve 5,000 Bulloch County students.

The upcoming classes are as follows:

  1. The CDL Class is April 18-20, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
  2. The Bus Driver Training Class is May 1-5, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

All classes will be held at the Bulloch County Schools Bus Garage  located at 219 Simons Rd,  in Statesboro.

To reserve a training spot, applicants should first complete an online bus driver job application available via this link

For more information, contact the Bulloch County Schools Transportation Department at 912-212-8640.

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

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