Derby, Buhler among school districts in need of bus drivers for upcoming school year

DERBY, Kan. In an effort to make sure it has enough drivers when school starts back up next month, the Derby school district Tuesday held an event for people interested in experiencing what it's like to drive a bus.

"Currently, we are looking to fill about a dozen vacancies for school bus drivers," Derby Public Schools Transportation and Supply Supervisor Randall Collins says.

He says the district is also looking to hire van drivers and bus aides. Tuesday's "Drive a school bus" event lasts until 8 p.m. at Panther Stadium, 925 E. Madison Avenue, in Derby. The stadium is behind Derby Middle School.

It will happen again from 8 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Collins says on Friday, Derby Public Schools will host a job fair form 12 to 3 p.m. at the middle school where a bus and driver will also be available.

To obtain a commercial license to drive a bus, you must be at least 21 years old. Those unable to make it to the stadium Thursday or the middle school Friday can contact the district's office at 316-788-8450 or apply to be a driver on the Derby school district's website.

In Buhler, the district's superintendent is recruiting bus drivers and hopes to fill vacancies in the next few weeks, but the district is exploring alternative ideas as well. This includes charging families a fee if they live withing two-and-a-half miles of their school. It's something other districts have adopted, but some parents don't agree with it.