Friday, August 28, 2015

SBISD Seeks New Bus Drivers – Just Like You!

The new school year has begun, but Spring Branch ISD’s Transportation Department is still seeking to add about 20 bus drivers to its team. Come join the SBISD team and find a new career or even a second-career calling!

By The Numbers – SBISD Transportation’s First Day:
  • 195 buses rolled out on Monday, Aug. 24 
  • 925 routes driven morning and afternoon 
  • 8,900 miles driven on First Day of School 
  • 21,635 students rode buses on Day #1 

Our bus drivers transport more than 21,000 students each school day on hundreds of scheduled routes. SBISD needs about 200 drivers to handle all routes in a most efficient way, and to provide a driver pool to fill vacancies that occur daily due to illnesses or other routine absences.

“Our community believes in and it values the work that our bus drivers do. Despite recent budget reductions, SBISD maintained its commitment to providing safe bus transportation for students. In addition, we are upgrading our bus fleet through the 2007 Bond Program,” said Sherri Lawson, the district’s transportation director.

If you have patience, great compassion, a sense of humor and above all a genuine concern for the welfare of children, you might make a terrific new bus driver, too.

Denise Martin, a 30-year bus driver in Spring Branch, said that the district offers good pay and benefits and summers off, if you like that work-life option.

“Through the years, I have had the privilege of seeing my students go from kinder to graduation, and then seeing the next generation of students come into Spring Branch,” Martin said.

“It’s a very rewarding experience to know that I have had an impact on their lives by welcoming them with a smile every day, and getting them home safely,” she also said.

Retired Teacher Roy Othold began driving a bus after teaching for 35 years. A bus route is the perfect job for him in retirement. “Not only do I get to stay involved in the district and work with wonderful people, but I can supplement my retirement pension at the same time,” he said.

Husband and wife bus drivers Robin and Kekua Dolfo say that working as a team provides them with a flexible schedule, as well as the same holidays and vacations as their children. They carpool to and from work, and their7-year-old son has after-school care at an extremely affordable rate.

Best of all, the Dolfos have true peace of mind. “Our children are never left alone, and we leave and return home together. Working here has lessened the amount of worry that we have for our children’s safety and has given us the balance we need between the personal and professional,” they report. 

SBISD offers new team members paid training to obtain the required CDL license. District bus assistants and bus driver trainees earn $9.46 per hour. Once trained to drive, the district pays regular licensed drivers $15.75 per hour.

SBISD’s drivers are guaranteed five hours daily, or 25 hours a week. Added pay is available for extra runs. Driver training is under way so don’t delay. Apply now to join the team.

For more information, please contact SBISD’s Transportation Office at 713-251-1064. You may apply online directly with district Human Resources at this location:

SBISD Driver Benefits include:
  • $15.75 per hour for regular licensed drivers 
  • 5 hours per day guaranteed 
  • Additional pay for extra bus route runs 
  • Professional child care during scheduled route times at a cost of $2-$4 per day 
  • Exceptional retirement plan 
  • Low cost medical, dental and vision insurance 
  • Paid training to obtain a CDL license 
  • Year-round pay 
  • Bus drivers needed: Call 713-251-1064


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