- You must be at least 21 years of age
- Have at least 10th grade education or equivalent
- Have at least five (5) years driving experience
- Possess a valid CDL license
- Phase I - Obtain driver manual to study for written test that
- general knowledge
- passenger endorsement
- air brake
- school bus driver "S" endorsement
- A CDL Phase 1 class B permit will be provided by the applicant
before interview. This can be obtained at any drivers
license office by completing the general knowledge, air brake, "S" endorsement
and passenger endorsement written test at no charge to applicant.
The CDL Class B Phase II is provided by the Transportation
Department after training is completed.
- Transportation requires Hillsborough County Public Schools'
Buses to be parked within Hillsborough County except by special
permission. We will assist in locating parking sites.
- Have and maintain a working home telephone number.
- Rate of pay per hour is $10.56 at a minimum
of seven (7) hours paid after you complete a work
day, with no set guarantee of hours as a substitute. Summer time
work is assigned first to permanent drivers at a minimum of five
(5) hours per day.
- You would have to agree to work or drive anywhere in Hillsborough
County; and agree to keep your school bus clean inside and out
to pass inspection.
- Classroom and on the road training consists of 62 hours
paid after passing all required subjects and driving
- Pay periods are every two weeks and hospital and retirement
benefits begin after a driver becomes permanent.
- Applicants should be somewhat familiar with the main roadways
in the county.
- You will need to provide Transportation with two telephone
numbers where you can be reached for an interview.
- Assignments are determined by the Transportation Department
and normally consist of runs for three schools due to staggered
bell times, i.e., high school, elementary, middle school.
- All bus drivers are subject to random alcohol and drug testing,
in addition to the required testing included as part of the annual
- The Transportation Department will screen your application.
Should you meet the requirements, you will be scheduled for an
REVIEW OF BUS DRIVER'S DRIVING RECORD
- The district shall review a driver's driving record obtained
from the Department of Motor Vehicles or by using the Automated
School Bus Driver's License Record Check System prior to initial
employment and prior to the first day of each semester of the
regular school year, or the first day of summer school for any
driver who will be transporting students during summer school.
- Any district employee who operates a school bus with a suspended
or revoked license shall be subject to dismissal by the board.
OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS (For Prospective, Probationary
Before a school bus driver applicant can become a probationary
driver, the applicant must pay for the following out-of-pocket
Finger printing fee $54.50
Finger print monitoring fee $24.00
Physical Examination $35.00
CDL License $48.00 (depending on type of license)
Hillsborough County Public Schools' bus drivers receive annual
training and updates three times a year. The two days of Pre-Planning
are used for updates and getting ready for the new school year.
The third day of Pre-Planning is the Re-Certification Day wherein
drivers receive the training to meet the state's annual driver
TIMELINE FOR PERMANENT PLACEMENT
Hillsborough County Public Schools' bus driver applicants who
successfully complete the sixty-two (62) hours of training required
by the school system, and who meet the requirements of finger
printing, physical examination and CDL license, become probationary
bus drivers with no benefits for at least six months. At the
end of the six-month probationary period, school bus drivers
recommended for permanent employment then receive permanent benefits.
If you are interested in becoming a school
bus driver, please contact (813) 982-5521.