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      PCSSD facing shortage of bus drivers, needs to hire at least 25

      JACKSONVILLE (KATV) - Ashortage of drivers could spell out delays for students waiting to catch thebus in the Pulaski County Special Schools District.{} Now PCSSD is launching a full-fledged effortto find at least 25 new bus drivers.

      Instead of fixing and bussesand answering phones at PCSSD's bus depot - the staff that works to maintainthe busses that serve Jacksonville, Sherwood and outlying areas of PulaskiCounty are getting behind the wheel to get kids to school on time.

      It's all because of a lackof bus drivers.

      "Right now it's working,even though it's putting a cramp on our office staff and diesel mechanics,"said Jamie Coleman, operations specialist with PCSSD transportation.

      Coleman said, although allof their staff is CDL-certified, the district needs their mechanics and officestaff doing what they normally do.

      "We have approximatelyover 150 busses that run just out of this location alone," said Coleman.

      Out of the 150 bus routesthat operate out of the district's Jacksonville bus depot, 20 of those routesare unmanned all due to a large amount of retiring staff leaving open driver'sseats on PCSSD busses.{} It's left thedistrict in a tough position.

      "Eventually it could beginto start making out routes run late and this is why we're trying to takepreventative measures," stated Coleman.

      The district has launcheda wide-spread effort to find qualified candidates.{} A commercial driver's license, a clean recordand a love of children is what Coleman said would make for a goodapplicant.{} The flexible job starts at$13.80 an hour.

      "We also offer all theregular benefits that everyone else in the district receives," saidColeman.{} "Medical, vision, dental, lifeinsurance, as well as retirement."

      The district is seekingout long-term employees.{} People who are atleast 21 years of age with less than nine points on their motor vehicle reportare eligible to apply.{} Applications aretaken Monday through Friday, from 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM at 1201 Dixon Road, LittleRock, behind Mills High School at the Transportation Training Department.{}{}

      You can also apply online for the job by clicking on the link provided in the "Associated Links" tab.