VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - School districts across Hampton Roads are gearing up for the upcoming school year and they are looking for bus drivers to transport students to and from school.
In Virginia Beach, approximately 650 buses are on the road every school day and for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year they are looking to hire at least 72 new drivers to cover open routes.
"We have hired 8 qualified people in the last week, so we are down to 72 which sounds like a lot, but isn’t a lot for this time of year with retirements and people moving and doing different things," Training Supervisor Cris Sprouse told News 3 anchor Todd Corillo Monday.
Interested drivers must apply online and applicants will be contacted to participate in both classroom and behind-the-wheel training.
Applicants must complete training and earn a Virginia commercial driver's license (CDL) before they are eligible to drive for Virginia Beach City Public Schools.
In Hampton, they are looking to hire at least 10 drivers and 5 attendants for the upcoming school year.
There are at least 160 buses on the road every day in Hampton during the traditional school year.
Interested candidates can apply by going to the Hampton City Schools website and completing the online application. Questions about the job can be directed to Beverly MacDonald, Supervisor of Safety and Training, by calling 757-727-1679.
Chesapeake Public Schools are looking to hire 30 new drivers for the upcoming school year, which includes 20 vacancies and 10 additional positions that were approved in early July.
According to the school division, three people are in training to be drivers, and nine others have been approved for the next bus driver training class.
Chesapeake will continue to hire until all vacancies and substitutes have been hired. Last year they had 467 full-time daily routes.
Interested applicants can apply online here or call the Department of Human Resources at 757-547-0001.
In Norfolk, there are currently 20 vacancies for school bus drivers, with approximately 217 buses on the road daily.
In Portsmouth, they are hiring 16 drivers, including 7 currently in training, for the upcoming school year for the approximately 104 buses on the road each day.
You can apply for a job with Portsmouth Public Schools here.
Suffolk Public Schools have 140 buses on the road on a normal day. They need to hire approximately 15 drivers for the upcoming school year.
People can apply for a job with Suffolk here and the division offers paid training.
In Newport News, they need to hire 30 bus drivers for the upcoming school year. Newport News has 275 school buses on the road each day to transport students.
Bus driver candidates must be at least 19 years old, possess a valid Virginia driver's license, have two years of driving experience and a good driving record (positive DMV points). Training is provided.