Pasco school district offers bonuses for help finding bus drivers
The Pasco County school district really wants to hire more bus drivers.
The district has offered employees $100 bonuses for transportation employees who refer a candidate, payable after that new bus driver completes all needed training and successfully works four weeks.
The situation is dire, assistant superintendent Ray Bonti said. Currently, the district has about 60 vacancies in a 400-driver department.
If applied to the teaching ranks, a 15 percent vacancy rate would equate to about 750 open classrooms, Bonti said. It wouldn't be acceptable for teachers, he said, and it shouldn't be okay for bus drivers, either.