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School districts in Pittsburgh area desperate for bus drivers

WTAE Pittsburgh logo WTAE Pittsburgh 10/13/2021
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School districts in the Pittsburgh area and around the country are desperate for bus drivers.

Scott Ziehler, the transportation director in the Bethel Park School District, said if they do not have enough drivers, schools will have to close and students will be forced to go to remote learning.

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Driver training is available and Ziehler said those who pass the testing are paid $18.93 an hour. Bus drivers also receive health benefits, a state pension and a $1,000 bonus this year.

Ziehler said candidates must enjoy working with children. He said if you've never considered being a school bus driver, now is a great time to think about it.

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