Columbia County Schools to host inaugural transportation and Job fair

Evans, Ga - The Columbia County School District is looking to hire new bus drivers for the upcoming school year. The District is holding a Transportation Job Fair with on-site interviews for those interested in joining their team. 

There are some minimum requirements that must be met as a candidate for hire. However, Human Resources Assistant Director, Sean Petro says what they really need is people with a passion for the job and love for the students they serve. 

"We believe every employee is pivotal to the success of our students and that starts with the bus driver. They're the first face that many of our students see so having the best and the brightest greet our kids in the morning and get them safely to school is something that is of the utmost importance to us," Petro says. 

Once you've been hired there is a training process that must be completed before drivers are allowed to operate their own bus. Ron Carmichael, a driver trainer for the school district says although at times it's difficult, it has been rewarding, to say the least. 

"The bus can be intimidating, it's a big vehicle but once you get behind the wheel and once you get with your trainer you'll find out it's not as hard to drive as you may think," Carmichael says. 

When teaching other drivers about the ways of the road, Carmichael says safety is their number one priority. 

"You'll go through 27-32 hours of training in our classroom and then you'll be assigned to a field driver. Then you'll be put on a bus with a trainer and that trainer will train you all about the bus, " Carmichael says. 

The Transportation Department is one of the largest departments in the school district and plays an important role in the success of its students. The department currently has over 250 drivers, however, during the summer months is when most employees leave due to retirement or to seek other employment opportunities therefore creating a need for more drivers. 

"The beautiful thing about being a bus driver is that successful bus drivers come in all shapes and sizes. There isn't a cookie cutter model for what a successful bus driver looks like. As long as you have a clean driving record you love kids and you're willing to learn and do a good job, we provide paid training, " Petro says. 

Drivers must have a clean driving record, be 21 years of age and pass a physical exam along with a drug and alcohol screening. The Transportation Fair will be held at Evans Middle School in their gymnasium from 10 am until 2 pm. In addition to the fair, bus tours will also be given by department staff. 

If you're interested in attending you can get a head start by submitting your application online at Columbia County Transportation


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