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Bus drivers needed in Calcasieu Parish

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish School Board is in need of bus drivers and substitute bus drivers.

District leaders said they currently have about 400 drivers and need at least 100 more to operate efficiently.

For now, the shortage of drivers means split routes. 

"Split routes means our students are going to be picked up later and are going to come home later," said Public Information Officer for the Calcasieu Parish School Board, Kirby Smith.
Administrators said current drivers are working well together. Drivers are able to get students to and from school safely, but the issue comes down to time.

"We're experiencing delayed schedules, and that's not convenient for our bus drivers, schools, and number one, that's not convenient for our parents and our students," said Smith.

The school board is asking for help, and those already driving said it's a rewarding job with good hours.

"You work a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the afternoon," said driver Gerald Marcantel.

A commercial driver's license is needed, but veterans said it's not as scary as it sounds. 

"It would be great for people to step out and try, and they will find out they can do it," said driver Phillis Marcantel. "We need drivers desperately."

The school board offers a CDL training at the main office. The next session is in September. If interested, administrators said to call the school board office.

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