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Prospective bus drivers take a test run at Shen

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CLIFTON PARK (WRGB) – The Shenendehowa Central School District is in need of bus drivers. Wednesday they allowed prospective drivers take a test run, to see if the job is for them.

The transportation team outlined the training and certification process - like taking a 75-hour course and getting your CDL permit. Then they let the participants get behind the wheel. They taught them about all the buttons, mirrors, and rules. Then let them take a drive around the campus.

Applicants said it wasn’t as difficult as they expected.

“What we want to do is get them in, get them behind the wheel, and show them it's really not that difficult to operate that bus and hopefully they'll take the plunge and join our team.” Alfred Karem, the Shen Transportation Director said.

After the test run, Karem said the participants could fill out an application. They’ll be interviewing Thursday and Friday.

Karem says right now, they’re looking to hire about 30 bus drivers. He says the need for drivers is everywhere though.

“There is a need, not only here at Shen, but districts across the state - matter of fact - across the nation.” Karem said. “It's a great profession where you can leave a positive mark on students since you are part of the educational process. It's a service to your community. I encourage folks who have time, retirees, stay at home parents, college students who are over 21, to give this a shot - it's great.”

Karem said bus drivers in the Shen school district will work about 25-30 hour weeks. The hours are 6:00am to 9:00am then you take a break and return for 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

They have nearly 190 drivers and about 667 daily routes.

If you’re interested in learning more about being a bus driver, you can contact the Shenendehowa Transportation Team at 518-881-0240. Or contact a district near you.

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