Henry Schools to hold job fair for school bus drivers

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

In two months Henry County’s students will be back in the classroom, and thousands of them will depend on the school system’s fleet of buses to get them to class.

School bus drivers are always in demand, and those wishing to get behind the wheel for the 2017-2018 school year have an opportunity this week to put themselves in the running for one of those slots.

A job fair organized specifically for school bus drivers is scheduled for Friday, June 9, 9 a.m.-noon at the Academy for Advanced Studies, 401 East Tomlinson Street in McDonough (rooms 114 and 116). Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.henry.k12.ga.us in advance and complete an employment application prior to the event.

A number of monetary incentives are in place to motivate drivers to start working and keep at it.

Each applicant approved as a substitute bus driver (which is how all drivers in the district get started) will receive a $250 bonus. Approval as a full-time school bus driver means another $250, and the same amount again after completion of 30 days as a full-time driver.

An applicant with a valid CDL that includes proper S and P endorsements will be paid $53.50 per day while in training and also receive a sign-on bonus.

Active employees earn $250 for each new employee they refer when that new employee completes 90 days of full-time employment. The referring employee’s name must be on the application of the referred employee for the incentive to be paid. Earning potential is limited to the referring employee only.

Other bonuses once on the job include $375 annually for perfect attendance over the course of the school year. If the entire year is less than perfect, drivers can still receive $125 for every 60 days of perfect attendance, $100 for every 60 days with one absence, $75 for every 60 days with two absences, and $50 for every 60 days with three absences.