DES MOINES, Iowa – The school year may have only reached the midway point, but Des Moines Public Schools needs more bus drivers.
The district is down by 30 drivers and the shortage is creating problems for students. Some routes are falling behind schedule and there's been an increase in children taking DART buses to get to school.
Transportation Director LaShone Mosley tells WHO Channel 13 that the 2.7-percent unemployment rate in Iowa might be making it tougher to find help, but she also added that part-time drivers can make up to $19-dollars per hour.
An experienced bus driver with a Class B CDL with airbrake, passenger and school bus endorsement may qualify for a $2,000 sign-on bonus. A non-certified driver may qualify for a $500 sign-on bonus.
There's a job fair scheduled for Saturday beginning at 10am.
If you are interested in applying to be a bus driver, click here.