The Transportation Department of Toledo Public Schools is looking for the best candidates for substitute bus drivers, so it's holding two recruitment fairs the week of October 19.

The first will be held on Wednesday, October 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the department's offices at 5600 Hill Ave., and the second will be held at the same lodation on Friday, October 23, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Currently, substitute bus drivers are averaging 30 hours per week.

If you are not able to attend the Recruitment Fair but are interested in becoming a bus driver, please call 419-671-4BUS or visit – once on the district website, click on the Human Resources tab, then on the online application.  You will be asked to provide three valid references and an email address. Once complete, hit the submit button.

Transportation was restored to the district this year after a five-year hiatus, and more than half of the district's 22,000 students are transported either by yellow school buses or on TARTA buses.

Benefits for TPS bus drivers include:

Hourly Rate:

  • $14.48 probationary rate pay
  • $15.66 after completing probation
  • $16.70 after 1 year

The district will train qualified applicants to obtain their Class B CDL with School Bus Passenger endorsement — applicants are paid during training. After completing 90-work day probationary period, applicants receive full benefits, including: hospitalization and dental and vision coverage, vacation pay, sick leave, personal leave and holiday pay and payment into the state retirement system.

Toledo Public Schools does require all applicants to go through a screening process prior to hiring which includes a background check, FBI check and drug screening. In some cases, a physical aptitude test is also required.

Bus drivers are true ambassadors for TPS, often the first smiling face students see as their day begins. They are also a key part of a top priority for TPS administrators: to keep students safe. So it seems fitting during National School Bus Safety Week (October 19-23) to remind students to always wait for the school bus in a safe location where they can be clearly seen by the bus driver and other motorists. Here are some tips to share with students (developed by the School Bus Safety Co): Safety Tips

Posted on October 16, 2015