First Student bus drivers apply to keep their jobs

First Student bus drivers apply to keep their jobs
Published: May. 18, 2015 at 9:40 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2015 at 9:55 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It's the last week of school for Savannah-Chatham County schools and that means it is the last week of First Student Bus Company.

MV Transportation is taking over in July after continued problems with First Student. Officials said current drivers must reapply to keep their jobs. Unless there's a major problem with a driver, most of them will be hired through MV Transportation.

WTOC spoke to one driver today who said she's looking forward to this change.

"You need happy employees. If they're not happy, they aren't doing a good job," said driver Hilda Cohen.

Cohen has been a bus driver in Chatham County for 14 years, but said this past year has been rough.

For months, drivers were unsure whether they would get paid during the summer months after Georgia's law changed. Bus drivers can no longer apply for unemployment benefits during the summer, so drivers were begging First Student to pay them during that time.

While that issue was resolved, there was also the number of complaints that continued to pour in from parents.

"About us being late and sometimes we had issues with our buses," said Cohen.

Now that MV transportation is taking over, she's hoping they'll have better solutions to these issues.

"I just hope it's better for everyone," said Cohen.

Cohen along with more than 300 drivers will have to apply to keep their job, and while the new company doesn't take over until July, employees are already looking forward at how this new company plans to make next year better than this year.

"They have an open door policy, so if we have any issues, we can go and talk to them." said Cohen.

Drivers are still under the management of First Student through June, drivers can apply right now to MV transportation to keep their jobs.

The bus company is already looking to fill some available positions.

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