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Worcester hiring school bus drivers at $30 an hour

CBS Boston logo CBS Boston 6/30/2022 CBSBaltimore Staff

WORCESTER - The Worcester Public Schools district is in the process of hiring dozens of school bus drivers at $30 an hour.

Chief Financial Officer Brian Allen tells WBZ-TV that the school system will fully operate its own student transportation service this year, starting with summer school, instead of a contracting model. 

So far, 77 drivers have been hired for 165 positions. 

Worcester School Committee member Jermaine Johnson said he's "excited" about the switch and said the district is "hiring, training and recruiting" to insure they get the number of drivers needed. 

Districts around the country were hit hard by driver shortages over the past school year. Worcester was one of the districts that required National Guard transportation support in Massachusetts. 

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