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Howell Schools hosting bus driver “Try-It-Out Day”

It’s big, yellow and can legally stop traffic, and an event later this month will give the public a chance to get behind the wheel and drive it.

Howell Public Schools will host a Try-it-Out Day on Thursday, July 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to allow attendees to experience driving a school bus and learn about becoming a bus driver. The event will be held in the parking lot on the north side of Howell High School.

Howell Public Schools is looking to hire additional bus drivers and substitute drivers for the 2022-23 school year. Individuals do not need a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to try out driving a bus at the event. Howell bus drivers and trainers will be available at the event to discuss what it is like to have a career as a bus driver and share the process of obtaining a CDL. For new bus drivers, the district provides paid training to help the individual acquire their CDL. 

“The thought of driving a school bus can be a little overwhelming, so we hope that by allowing interested individuals the opportunity to try driving a bus, we can alleviate some of the nervousness that people may feel,” said Erin MacGregor, Howell Public Schools superintendent. “Being a bus driver is an inspiring career. Our bus drivers are devoted to ensuring that each student begins their day with a friendly smile and arrives safely at school and ready to learn.”

Howell Public Schools bus drivers receive paid training, a signing bonus, a work schedule aligned to the school calendar, and can elect to receive benefits and a wage starting between $18.87 and $21.22 per hour.

To learn more about these benefits, please visit www.BeABusDriver.org.

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