Legislators raise awareness for bus driver demand – New York News

Clifton Park, N.Y. >> To demonstrate the need for bus drivers in the Shenendehowa School District, state Sen. Kathy Marchione and Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh got behind the steering wheel of two of the district’s buses Tuesday and showed they had the skills to handle the big vehicles.

The state legislators were on the Shen campus in Clifton Park to publicize state-wide need for drivers.

Marchione, R-Halfmoon, and Walsh, R-Ballston Spa, joined 32 potential applicants at the district’s transportation facility for an early morning training run in full size buses on the campus roads.

Prior to getting into the big seat, they and the others, were given a brief introduction of the job, what it entails and a few helpful hints on what to expect upon getting behind the wheel.


Shen has 207 buses in total and 195 drivers. All but 39 of the drivers are part-time. In his brief remarks to the potential applicants Shen Transportation Director Alfred Karam made it clear that the district is looking for substitute drivers.

“Our mission is to provide safe, efficient, and effective transportation,” he said. “All of our bus drivers start out as substitute bus drivers. This is a union job so you have to go through the pecking order. The pay is $19.39 per hour for substitutes. Benefits start at four hours per day, 20 hours per week. Our average driver gets 26 to 36 hours per pay period.”

Karam went on to explain about required background checks, training time, mandatory safety meetings, and recertification requirements.

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