The annual base salary earned from the state for each full-time driver is $9,384. For the 2019-2020 school year, VCS will add additional funds to the state-earned base salary increasing it to $12,000. In addition to the salary increase, the district offers a local supplement based on years of experience. Drivers with up to 5 years of experience will receive an additional $2,200, 6 - 12 years of experience will receive an additional $2,500 and anyone with 13 or more years will receive an additional $3,000 per year.
All full-time drivers work 5 hours a day, 25 hours a week and are salaried employees who have the option to enroll in the VCS benefits program offering health, dental and eye insurance as well as retirement benefits. Drivers will have the opportunity to earn additional pay by driving routes for extracurricular activities, field trips, and athletics.
Training for anyone interested in obtaining their commercial driver's license (CDL) is offered onsite and with no out-of-pocket expenses. The training begins with classroom education with a written exam which will give the trainee their CDL permit upon satisfactory completion, followed by under-the-hood training, 6 hours of driving without students, and 6 hours of driving with students. After these have all been completed the trainee will then undergo a road test. Upon successful completion of the road test, the official license will be issued. Most candidates can complete the entire process in four weeks.
Sub drivers are also needed and are offered $60 per day. All bus driver applicants are eligible for the free, onsite training.
Those who complete the training and obtain their CDL will immediately be recommended for employment with Valdosta City Schools.
VCS Transportation Department will host a job fair on Tuesday, July 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the transportation terminal located at 1720 Eastwind Road in Valdosta. For more information contact Mr. Rick Thomas, transportation director at (229) 245-5640.
FACTS ABOUT VCS TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT
Valdosta City Schools transports over 5,200 students traveling over 4,500 miles daily. There are currently 75 buses in the fleet. During the 2018-19 school year, VCS buses traveled over 450,000 miles.