The Darlington County School District is currently seeking school bus drivers and will be hosting two driver training classes in January and February. Drivers can earn between $10.75 and $15.50 an hour with bonus opportunities every 45 days.
The first driver training class will be held Jan. 11-14 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Poynor Adult Education Center in Florence. Another class will be held Feb. 1-4 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Darlington County Institute of Technology. The deadline to enroll for the January class is Jan. 8. The deadline to enroll for the February class is Jan. 29.
In order to be eligible to become a school bus driver, a person must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and have a valid South Carolina driver’s license for at least one year.
There are 10 steps to becoming a school bus driver:
1. Complete an application for employment and paperwork to attend a training class.
2. Pass a SLED background check.
3. Pass a check of license history with the DMV.
4. Complete State Department of Education classroom training (Four days).
5. Obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) permit.
6. Pass a physical and a drug test.
7. Train with district instructors for a length of time to be able to perform pre-trip skills and driving.
8. Pass a physical performance test.
9. Obtain CDL license with proper endorsements.
10. Ride a route for a few days with a driver.
For more information or an application, call the Darlington County School District Office of Transportation at 843-398-2313.