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Carbondale in dire need of school bus drivers for the Fall

Updated: Jul. 6, 2020 at 10:09 PM CDT
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CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - Finding bus drivers in Carbondale School District 95 is a struggle every year, according to one local driver.

Yvonne Poston is a driver with Robinson Transportation. The family ran company is hiring part time and full time drivers for the upcoming school year.

The company is offering a $500 sign-on bonus with paid testing and training to attract new applicants.

“It’s an excellent job for retired people and this is a college town, it’s a wonderful job for college students,” Poston described. “They can come in and drive a couple hours, go to their classes, some of them will come back in the afternoon. We also have the child ride along program, if your child is over two and not old enough to go to school yet, they can go on the bus with you,” said Poston.

Poston says she loves working as a driver.

”It’s a rewarding job. I mean a lot of these kids the bus driver is the first person they see in the morning,” Poston said. “A lot of times they are the last person they see when they get off the bus in the evening, so I mean it’s really a rewarding job.”

The buses are new and equipped with air condition. With a capacity for more than 70 passengers, the buses will carry fewer students this coming fall due to new COVID-19 guidelines. Less than 30 students will be allowed on a bus at one time.

In addition to the capacity limit, students, the driver and the monitor will have to wear masks and social distance.

There are part time and full time positions with morning, midday and evening routes. Also there is another offer of paid training, testing and licensing.

If you are interested in becoming a driver, contact Robinson Transport at 855-527-6171, text at 618-967-0358 or email.

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