Bus drivers needed in Vail District - Tucson News Now

Bus drivers needed in Vail District

VAIL, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

School bus drivers are hard to come by in one part of Pima County, and Vail students are coming to class late because of the problem.

The Vail school year has gotten off to a bit of a slow start, especially when it comes to bus drivers.  The Vail district is running short on drivers – what this means is current drivers have extended routes or other district employees are filling in.  Mechanics and dispatchers who know the buses and routes, and have commercial licenses are driving in place of traditional drivers; this usually happens when a regular driver is out sick or is on vacation.

All drivers are working hard to make sure the students are getting to school on time, but their first priority is safety. 

There have been a few times when students are getting to school just as the bell rings, or even a few minutes after, all due to the lack of bus drivers.  The good thing is the students are not being penalized for the tardiness.

Drivers are only part of the problem, construction on Houghton also adds to the lateness of students.  As soon as more drivers are trained, and ready to drive they will be hitting the road. 

According to district officials with Vail, there are more than a dozen openings.  The district has been advertising for more drivers with banners on school buildings and postings on Facebook.  Officials say it is difficult to recruit drivers, due some believe to pay issues – drivers only make about $10.80 an hour.

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