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Prince George’s Schools Battle Bus Driver Shortage

A shortage of about 150 school bus drivers in Prince George’s County has prompted hiring officials to take to social media and other communication sources to get the word out.

The officials’ hiring outreach included a bus driver training job fair Wednesday in Upper Marlboro.

“We certainly have enough buses. What we don’t have are enough drivers,” Rudolph Saunders, PGCPS director of transportation, told WTTG-TV (Channel 5) prior to the fair.

The driver shortage has affected the school system’s ability to pick up and drop off students on time, according to Saunders, who said making sure the buses run efficiently and ensuring the safety of students are his priorities.

The starting pay ranges between $18 and $35 an hour. Applicants must meet certain requirements, including being at least 21 years old, having their CDL and having a clean driving record.

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