Bus drivers learning new routes for new school year

LAS VEGAS -- More than 300,000 children enrolled at Clark County School District schools will head back to class on Monday and almost a third of them will be taking the bus.

Drivers are gearing up for the new year. While parents and students have a lot to be excited for and a lot errands to run for the coming school year, 1,400 bus drivers are hard at work learning their new routes.

Transportation operations manager Jim Reynolds says routes are constantly changing. They need to be mapped out before the big day and drivers need to meet parents if they have a passenger with special needs.

"When I first started as a driver myself, I went out in my personal vehicle and wrote notes so you know where the turns are coming up," Reynolds said.

CCSD is still looking for about 50 bus drivers especially in outlying areas like Moapa.

The rush is on, but Reynolds says they will all be required to have Class B commercial driver's licenses and will train double the hours mandated by the state.

"We don't short cut the training whatsoever. We may add hours to the day to get classes done quicker, but it's the same amount of training," Reynolds said.

Parents and grandparents have a lot on their minds this time of year.

"The first thing I think about is getting them there safely and on time," grandmother Anne Oney said.

For information on applying for a job as a bus driver or on transportation routes, go to ccsd.net/departments/transportation.


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