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School bus drivers needed in Marion, IL

One bus company is trying to get some extra drivers to make sure they get there. (Source: KFVS) One bus company is trying to get some extra drivers to make sure they get there. (Source: KFVS)
MARION, IL (KFVS) -

In just a few short weeks, it'll be time to send the kids back to school. One bus company is trying to get some extra drivers to make sure they get there. 

Recruitment Team Leader for Illinois Central School Buses, Ken Sharp, said they are looking for safety-minded people who are good with children. He said they try to find extra part-time drivers every year around this time. 

Many people in the area remember the water shortage caused by the main-break at the Rend Lake Water Conservancy. When that happened, school board administrators say they had to send children home early, causing Illinois Central to scramble to get drivers back to school to take the kids home. 

Sharp says they are trying to get extra drivers to help with serious problems like that as well as fill in the gaps when needed. 

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"We almost have what we need," he said. "We'd like to have a few more because with what we do, you never know. Sometimes people call in sick, some of them have surgery, different life events happen, you always want to have enough extra that when that happens you're not put in a bind, having to do double routes, that type of thing."

He also says the job could be perfect for someone who might not even know it. 

"One really good group we have is those that have just retired. They've been around a while, they know how to deal with people. A lot of them are just looking for a little extra income. Then you also have mothers and fathers who some of them stay at home with their children while one works the other stays home. Perfect job for them. They have the same schedule as their children do at school."

This year, Sharp says Illinois Central is expanding operations to West Frankfort and Johnston City for anyone who may be interested in those communities. 

You can call them for more specific details at 618-993-9170

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