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FWCS hiring bus drivers amid shortage

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Officials with Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) says they are short dozens of bus drivers ahead of the start of the school year this coming Thursday.

They tell us the district still needs to hire 60 bus drivers or many students will see delays getting to and from school.

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FWCS spokesperson Krista Stockman says many drivers are close to retirement age and don't feel comfortable returning to the job during a pandemic.

But the fact that fewer students are taking the bus could help alleviate the shortage somewhat, Stockman said.

“For middle and high schools, we only have half the kids going each day, and then another third have decided to stay home," Stockman said. "So that should help with routing. For elementary, even though those students will be going every day, again, about a third have decided to do remote learning."

She also said the district has had a bus driver shortage for years.

Because of the lack of applicants, you won't have to start as a substitute driver.

Officials say you can start off making 18 dollars an hour right away, plus benefits.

They will also work with you to get your CDL if needed.

Those who are interested in filling the positions can fill out an application here.

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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