School Bus Driver Classes Offered in Avery County

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School bus driver training will be offered November 17-19 on the Newland campus of Mayland Community College at 785 Cranberry Street in Newland, NC.  The classes will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

            Before attending the class, 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.

            “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.

            For additional information,contact Jeff Lyons at 828 264-6391.

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