Says: No Better Time to Become a Bus Driver

By Chuck Gibson 

LOVELAND, OH (August 17, 2022) – Today is the first day Loveland Schools has all students together in class to begin the new 2022/2023 school year. It is also the official launch day for a new Loveland School District (LCSD) transportation incentive program to aid in the effort to hire new bus drivers.

Loveland Schools launches incentive program to address driver shortages (Photo Chuck Gibson)

In a news release issued early Wednesday, August 17, LCSD announced they are launching an incentive program to help hire new bus drivers. The release offered the following details on the incentive program.

The program includes: 

  • Paid training for new drivers 
  • A referral bonus for current district employees who refer new drivers.

Mike Broadwater, Superintendent, Loveland City School District (Provided)

“Our bus drivers literally keep our district moving on a day-to-day basis,” said Superintendent Mike Broadwater.  “They are the first district employees our students see in the morning and the last to say ‘goodbye’ to kids in the afternoon. This program is our effort to add more great people to our team.” 

Here is details about the incentives as described in the news release from Loveland Schools.

New bus drivers will be paid for the time necessary to complete the required training and testing. The sum of $2,000 will be paid in 2 installments during their first year of employment.

Additionally, every Loveland City School District employee is eligible for a $500 finder’s fee for recommending a new bus driver for employment. The finder’s fee would be paid six months after the new driver is Board approved as a District employee..

Garth Carlier, Human Resources Director, Loveland Schools (Provided)

“We are also providing a longevity stipend for our current drivers and compensating our bus drivers who train their fellow drivers,” said Garth Carlier, Loveland Schools Human Resources Director. “We want to send a message that Loveland is a great place to work as a bus driver.” 

Here is the remainder of the text from the school news release issued earlier today:

Districts around the region and across the country are dealing with a shortage of bus drivers. Loveland adjusted school start times for the 2022-23 school year to provide busing with fewer drivers.

If you or someone you know is interested in driving a bus for Loveland City School District, call our Transportation Office at 513-683-3103.

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