OPS hiring bus drivers for special needs students

Posted at 6:21 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 19:21:29-04

Omaha Public Schools still needs to find several drivers to get special education students back and forth to school.

 "Currently we are at 60 percent fill rate, we are trying to hire 37 bus drivers for this school year, as well as 27 bus aides for this school year."

OPS says there are about two thousand special needs students who ride the bus, but they are still about 30 percent short on drivers.

 "We are over halfway finished with hiring.”

“Today we have talked to nearly 30 people who have expressed interest in transportation positions."

Thursday people like Thomas Otero came looking for driver and aide positions.

He says he's interested in becoming an aide.

"I disliked waiting an hour after school to get home cause the bus was late, so if I can help that's good, a lot of people want to get home after school."

Otero attended South High and says he doesn't want students to deal with the bus headache he had.

"I hope I get it so I can help a kid each day.”

“It might make there day better seeing me, it might not, but taking in the positive energy each morning wouldn't be bad so why not."

With just a few weeks left to fill those openings OPS says they want to reassure parents they won’t see the bus issues they saw last year.

"We are trying to reach 100 percent fill rate and have all our positions filled with students transportation on or before August 17th.