Treasure Valley school bus companies hold roadside job fairs to attract potential drivers

Employees from Cascade Student Transportation hold a roadside job fair near Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian Wednesday. (KBOI photo)

School bus companies around the Treasure Valley are making no bones about it: they need a driving force.

You've probably seen people from the bus companies on sidewalks waving help wanted and bonus signs at passing drivers, hoping they'll pull in and sign up as the companies face a shortages of employees.

One such roadside job fair we visited was put on by the Cascade Student Transportation Company.

Set up safely on the side of the road by Rocky Mountain High School, they're getting drivers' attention and it seems to be working.

"I would we get say eight to ten a day," said Bunny Malmin, operations supervisor with CST.

Like businesses all across the board and all across the state in a tight5 labor market, CST, which serves Idaho's largest school district, West Ada, works hard to attract employees in this job seekers market.

"It's definitely a fierce market right now, very competitive, and we're a different schedule," Malmin said.

And as many companies are right now, CST offers increased wages and a variety of bonuses.

For example: "If you don't have your CDL (commercial drivers license), we have a safety program, we train you, you get your CDL and $1000 bonus upon hire," Malmin said.

CST says it's on track to hire the employees it needs but always need to have a little extra to have a cushion."

Last year the company operated some 200 school buses and transported more than 11,500 students.

As the Treasure Valley grows, there's no sign the school bus driver shortage is going away time soon.

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