Belpre City Schools superintendent comments on national bus driver shortage

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BELPRE, Ohio (WTAP) - As a nationwide shortage of school bus drivers looms, Belpre City Schools Superintendent Jeff Greenley says if you ask any Washington County schools, they’ll probably tell you the same thing. They are in need of bus drivers.

Greenley says the shortage could be spurred on by the availability of other jobs that require similar licenses and experience.

To drive a school bus, a commercial driver’s license and a school bus driver’s endorsement are required.

Greenley says even more than actual drivers, the school system is in need of substitute bus drivers.

“School district’s take a lot of athletic trips. So we always have school groups going to games, going to field trips and so we could use more drivers to help out with those kind of events. As well as just to helping our bus drivers if they have some kind of illness or they need to take leave that we can have some people in the bull pin to step in and help out,” said Greenley.

Greenley says if there is anyone with a CDL looking for a job driving a school bus, to call his office.