MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Durham School Services is looking to hire about 120 bus drivers.
General manager Laura Warren says it’s important to get extra workers soon.
“With the growth and the demerger and the routes being split between the municipalities in Shelby County we have approximately 121 driving positions available,” she said.
Michael Perkins is like dozens of his peers sitting inside a classroom at Durham School Services in Memphis. He’s training to become a bus driver.
“I just found out these people are hiring,” he said.
The company is still working to make sure school bus routes run smoothly. Warren says sometimes it takes about three weeks to address issues such as buses arriving late or not at all.
That’s why it’s important to quickly hire help whether they’re union members or not, an issue that almost led to a strike two weeks ago.
“We have our bus drivers that live here locally and also across the United States to cover us here in Shelby County until we get all of our drivers hired and trained,” Warren explained.
Warren expects to have the positions filled by the middle of next month.
Warren says her office needs parents to update information such as their address. A lot of the information they come across isn’t accurate, which makes it tough on the bus drivers.