School District of Lee County needs to hire more than 100 bus drivers

Reporter: Nicole Gabe Writer: Jackie Winchester
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The first day of class is just weeks away, but schools are short on some very important employees: bus drivers.

Lee County alone needs more than 100 new drivers to get kids to and from school, and for the first time, the school district is offering more than money to bring people in.

How about part-time hours with full-time benefits?

Taking care of kids is Vaila Tavia Jr.’s life’s work. It’s more than a job for him, it’s a calling.

“I got into the busing and transportation 16 years ago and ever since I loved it,” he said.

“I have all grown kids, they’re all at college, and now I can concentrate on the kids that I have on the bus and make a difference.”

The School District of Lee County needs more people like Tavia to make a difference. The district is looking to hire more than a hundred bus drivers before school starts Aug. 10.

Director of Transportation Rodger Lloyd’s sales pitch is simple: $16.32 an hour to start, with training and full benefits, including life insurance and retirement savings.

“They need to have a license for at least five years, and the most critical part is a clean driving record,” he said.

Tavia called it a good deal and wants you to apply, because you’ll help out parents, help out kids, and if you let them, those kids will change your life.

“To me, when I hear my kids say it’s going to be OK, it brings a lot of peace to my mind in doing my job, in helping the community to say that these kids are safe, not only my kids but the kids in Lee County, Cape Coral, Fort Myers.”

If you’re interested in applying, you can get more information on the district’s website or call 239-590-4048.

Collier County School District also needs bus drivers. Click here for info.

The Charlotte County School District is hoping to fill 17 bus driving positions. Anyone interested in applying can go here. The District Support Services can also be contacted at 941-575-5400, ext. 161 and ask for Tony Conte.

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