School bus applicants explain why they want to transport our students

School bus applicants explain why they want to transport our students

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - School just let out for the summer, but one company is hard at work to make sure next school year rolls smoothly. MV Transport is the new school bus company after Savannah Chatham School Board members voted First Student out.

Hundreds of people have applied and more showed up to the Georgia Department of Labor in Savannah on Wednesday eager to renew their driving and or monitoring positions or just start a new adventure.

Parents and Savannah Chatham School Board know the heat is on when it comes to hiring qualified and caring drivers and monitors after dealing with First Student and finally parting ways at the end of the school year.

One of the MV Transport hiring staff is from Savannah and knows the ups and downs of school bus issues in Chatham County.

"I've been through all three, when I was in high school here, it was Laidlaw at the time, so yes, it will be better," Christopher Sims said.

Young, old, and mostly women filled out applications and got a little one on one time with Sims and another MV Transport representative.  They explained the drug screening process and classes for MV Transport hires that start at the end of the week.

Joyce Mallory hopes to return to running routes after a medical break because she said she loves it and loves to make her school kids smile.

"Sometimes children just need an ear to listen.  Parents are so busy trying to provide a living for these children, so sometimes an outsider makes a difference." Mallory said.

Marcus Brown is one of the few men applying for a monitor position.  He's new to the bus system, but he believes as a former Chatham County Sheriff's Office employee and his experience in juvenile justice, he can be a role model while rolling down the roads.

"Talking to them, 'how was your day,' things of that nature.  Basically just being, hopefully, a positive presence," he said.

Then there's people like Willie-Mae Johnson who has devoted 40 years to transporting students.

"If I wasn't driving a bus I don't know what else I could do. I love driving a bus; I work with the special kids, and I enjoy working with them." said Johnson.

But while everything may look good on paper, attitude and actions go a long way for students and parents.

"Whatever it is that the child needs, that's within the guidelines of the board of education and the company that's transporting them, I'm willing to try to do," Mallory said.

If you couldn't make it out to the job fair, you can apply at their offices on 48 Park of Commerce Way.

Qualifications for drivers and monitors:

  • All applicants must be at least 21-years-old.
  • Applicants for the driver positions must have an A or B commercial driver's license with full passenger and school endorsement. They must also have two years of commercial driving experience and pass a physical examination, background check and drug screening test. 
  • The starting pay is $13.25 per hour depending on experience.
  • Applicants for the monitor positions must be able to complete school bus aide training and have a cardiopulmonary
  • resuscitating (CPR) certification. 
  • They must also pass a physical examination, background check and drug screening test. 
  • A first aid certification is also preferred, but not required.  The starting pay is $11.15 per hour depending on experience.
  • A high school diploma, or General Education Diploma (GED), is preferred for both positions.
  • Applicants unable to attend the recruitment should email their resume or qualifications and experience to Savannahcareers@gmail.com
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