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Need work? County looking for bus drivers

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Attention job seekers:  Hillsborough County is hiring school bus drivers with pay starting at $10.56 per hour.

Elizabeth Wilkerson has been a bus driver for 34 years. Her day begins at the crack of dawn; she wouldn't have it any other way.

"I like the hours," she said. "You're home during the day and home at night. You have weekends."

On an average day, a bus driver will have three routes in the morning and three in the afternoon.  They make about 60 stops a day, and they are responsible for a bus load of students.

Wilkerson is one of the best bus drivers in the county.  She has a necklace full of pins representing five years of safe driving. 

"These are safe driving awards. You get an award for every five years for safe driving," she said.  "Right now, I have 30 years of safe driving. Plus, I'm getting another one [for] 35 years."

The school district is actively looking for bus drivers like Wilkerson.  They're short 150 drivers, and they need to fill the slots before the start of the school year.

"We have some routes that are vacant that we will need to bring folks in.  We have attrition during the year to bring folks in retirements and resignations," said John Franklin, Hillsborough County Schools transportation director. "We need to keep a good steady supply of people coming in.”

To make sure the candidates are rolling in, the district is marketing the positions anyway they can.

"We got banners on buses out at schools.  We're hitting a lot of job fairs this summer.  A lot of schools are running marquees the district is recruiting drivers," Franklin said.

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