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Forsyth school system hiring bus drivers

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By: Joshua Sutton

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FORSYTH COUNTY — The Forsyth County school system is looking to add people to its transportation team.

Applications are being accepted for anyone interested in becoming a school bus driver or monitor.

Though there is no deadline for applying, as positions are filled year round, there are a few routes open, according to Sylvia Anderson, training coordinator for the school district.

“You have to have a class B license, and we do all of the training in the classroom and on the road,” Anderson said. “You don’t already have to have the license. In fact, I would say more people than not don’t already have one.”

In Georgia, drivers must be 18 years old to obtain a CDL license. Anderson said drivers who are hired tend to be at least 21.

However, anyone can apply to be a monitor on a special needs bus, she said.

There is no age limit for bus drivers or monitors. Some of the district’s best drivers, Anderson said, are retirees, moms or truckers who want to stay closer to home, etc.

Both jobs can be applied for under “transportation” on the school system’s website.

Transportation employees must pass a pre-employment physical and a yearly checkup physical, paid for by the district.

Drivers also are provided full-time benefits.

“We want our drivers to be successful,” said Anderson, who entered Forsyth County Schools as a bus driver. “They’re not just drivers. They’re transportation educators.

“We want them to help kids be good citizens and help reinforce what their parents and teachers already instill in them by being safe, orderly and respectful.”

Applications are accepted online any time. For more information, call Anderson at (770) 888-1234, Ext. 220126.