“We have the power to make or break a child’s day,” Julie Clemence, Medford Location Manager, said.
The first day of school is just around the corner and companies are still working to hire bus drivers.
“We still need about thirty drivers,” Clemence said.
Ohio company ‘First Student’, contracts with many local school districts. Clemence says the company still needs to hire about ten bus drivers for each of the Medford, Phoenix-Talent and Central Point districts.
“We always are in need of drivers, so we are always hiring,” Clemence said.
Every year, the Medford location aims to have 120 drivers. This year, they only have about a hundred.
“We don’t usually need to hire as many as we do this year,” Clemence said.
If they don’t hire extra bus drivers to cover the rest of the routes, office staff will step in. That could happen soon, with Medford kids beginning classes Monday.
‘First Student’ says they have one bus driver who has been driving students for over thirty years. In order to qualify, you must be at least 21 years old, have had a drivers license for three years and pass a background check and drug screening.
Anna Weeks is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a degree in Digital Communication Arts and a minor in writing. Previously, she interned with the National Association of Broadcasters at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Originally from the Portland area, Anna is excited to explore Southern Oregon. In her free time, she can be found reading, running or watching sports.