School bus driver training will be offered at the Ashe County Early Learning Center in West Jefferson June 22-24. Classes run from 8:30-3:30 each day.
Watauga County residents wishing to become school bus drivers for the Watauga County Schools can complete their training at this Ashe County location.
Anyone who is not a current Watauga County Schools employee must have a recommendation from the principal or assistant principal at the school where they want to be hired before attending the class.
“We encourage everyone who is interested in being a school bus driver to obtain the required recommendation and attend these classes,” said WCS Transportation Director Jeff Lyons.
A school bus driver training class must be completed in order to receive the license (CDL) required to drive a school bus in North Carolina. The starting pay for school bus drivers in Watauga County is $13.32 per hour.
Each student’s driving record is screened through the NC Division of Motor Vehicles the first day of class. In addition to the driving record check, a criminal background check is conducted of all prospective school system employees before they start work.
Each student should bring their driver’s license, social security card, a pen or pencil, and a highlighter to the first meeting.