Olentangy seeks bus drivers


December 29, 2013

Looking for a new job in the new year? The Olentangy Local School District is seeking full-time and substitute bus drivers.

Requirements for the positions are: High school diploma or equivalent; a valid Commercial Driver’s License (will train); a safe driving record; insurability; successful passing of a physical and drug test; at least five years of driving experience.

There are currently 141 bus routes in the district. The bus drivers may also drive students in non-public schools and take riders on 3,500 extracurricular field trips over 127,000 miles in an 186-day period.

“We transport more than 10,000 students each day across 12,000 miles to and from school,” Superintendent Wade Lucas said in a videotaped community message Dec. 16. He said there are “two facilities (Home Rd. and Berkshire) that house a combined total of 165 buses, 148 drivers, 12 mechanics and support staff.”

At its Dec. 12 meeting, the board of education approved the purchase of 10 school buses from Rush Trucking in the amount of $857,229. The purchase will include nine conventional buses and one handicap-accessible bus. In May, the district received 9 new buses to replace older models.

Transportation supervisor Jodie Clark said at a recent school board meeting that 98 percent of the district’s buses pass the first round of inspections given annually by the State Highway Patrol.

“The 2 percent is due to the age of the fleet,” Clark said to the Board. “I want to thank you for the bus replacement plan, because it helps us in having that 98 percent. Our goal is to have a perfect inspection next year.”

Clark said the district has had more success with getting motorists to stop due to an additional LED lighting system installed on a couple buses.

Despite a non-injury incident where an OLS bus window was damaged by a shot on Sept. 19, buses are considered a safe mode of transportation.

“According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are the safest way to transport students, 13 times safer than a passenger vehicle,” Lucas said.

“Olentangy school bus drivers receive many hours of training, including winter driving techniques,” Lucas continued. “Each day, our drivers complete a pre-trip maintenance inspection to make sure everything is in order. I’m proud to say our drivers and our buses are among the best on the road.”

Clark said the excellence of the district and networking by staff attracts good applicants for the bus driver position. School board member Stacy Dunbar said she noticed drivers were enthusiastic about finding out their routes for the new school year.

“To see someone that excited about a job that would test anyone’s patience is exciting,” Dunbar said.

To apply, visit For more information, call 740-657-4050.