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School bus drivers in high demand in Hillsborough

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Some students are waiting at their bus stops longer and getting home later. The Hillsborough County School District blames the delays on hundreds of vacant positions. The district is currently down 200 school bus drivers.

"We have a number of vacancies right now, which is causing us to work extra hard to make sure we're meeting our objective of getting kids to school on time and safely," explained Hillsborough Transportation General Manager John Franklin.

Franklins says the vacancies have increased since this school year started. Despite robust recruitment efforts, qualified applicants are still in high demand.

Related story: Hillsborough school district needs bus drivers

"It's an intimidating job. You've got to love kids," said driver Renee Jenkins.

New drivers get paid about $11 an hour plus health benefits. They work in split-shifts to pick up students in the morning and afternoon. Franklin says applicants must meet a long list of requirements, including a CDL license.

"Very stringent requirements to be a school bus driver both criminal history, driving history, and health history are all important aspects," Franklin said.

Click here to read the full list of requirements.

If you're interested in applying, call the Hillsborough County Schools Transportation Department at (813) 982-5521.

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