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Wake schools offering cash incentives to bus drivers

Posted June 18, 2013

— The Wake County Board of Education is offering money to hire and retain school bus drivers.

The board voted Tuesday to keep a program begun last fall to offer cash incentives for drivers. Current transportation employees can make an extra $1,000 for good attendance. They can also earn $100 for referring someone who becomes a new driver.

District leaders said they are down more than 100 drivers and want to get the numbers up before the new school year starts. The incentive program has been effective, board members said.

If participation is high, the program could cost $1.1 million. Board members said the funding will come from savings accrued in the transportation department.



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  • bombayrunner Jun 19, 2013

    11.90 an hr ... do one thing wrong and you're on WRAL, and your name is mudd forever.

  • bombayrunner Jun 19, 2013

    gosh ... no wonder why no one listened when I'd complained my kids were not getting picked up ... so I just drove them every morning. Why was this never news? ...yet Tata has a typical bussing issue on day one and they fire him?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 19, 2013

    thewayitis said, "let the high school football players earn service hours for keeping order on the elementary and middle school buses."

    Why would you put the traditionally least educated and most violent people in charge of anything regarding the safety of children?

  • thewayitis Jun 19, 2013

    I like the idea of paid chaperones. Or maybe volunteer ones -- let the high school football players earn service hours for keeping order on the elementary and middle school buses.

  • southerntalent Jun 19, 2013

    What ever happened to letting the high school kids drive the busses like back in the 70s,have u seen our bus drivers nowdays,I would not be suprised to find some have not great backgrounds.

  • 24601 Jun 19, 2013

    For those of you wondering, bus drivers start at $11.89/hour. Salary schedule here http://www.wcpss.net/careers/salary-schedules/bus-drivers/

  • ripetomatoes Jun 19, 2013

    The new superintendant will be paid $275,000 per year for the work he does.

    That explains your problem.

  • 3TeensGrowinUp2Fast Jun 19, 2013

    426X3 - E6:
    If you ever see this again, call 911, as that's an emergency...those kids on the bus could get hurt, not to mention other drivers or pedestrians in the path of the bus...! See something, Say something!

  • Shuffles24 Jun 19, 2013

    You mean they could run into a bus shortage this upcoming year, and have long delays? Tony Tata is laughing at all the incompetent democrat board members right now.

  • grimreaper Jun 19, 2013

    How about firing them for poor attendance and saving the money...