Jefferson Co. schools boosts pay hoping to attract bus drivers, mechanics


The Jefferson County School District is boosting pay for several transportation-related positions and offering a $500 bonus to those who stay on for at least 90 days.

“We are facing a critical shortage of Bus Drivers. Our drivers are often the first employee students contact when coming to school and the last person they see at the end of the day. This increase in pay and retention bonus is an effort to honor our current employees and attract more applicants so that we can better take care of our most precious asset, our students,” said Director of Operations and Safety Simon White.

Those positions include Bus Driver, Bus Mechanic, Driver Trainer, Type 10/20 Driver, Transportation Coordinator, and Bus Aide.

The increase in pay will take effect on November 1st.

The $500 retention bonus will apply to any Bus Driver, Bus Mechanic, Type 10/20 Driver, Transportation Coordinator, Bus Aide, or SPED Educational Assistant that was hired between August 1st and December 1st following 90 days of employment with the district.

The school district is also facing a critical shortage of staff at the Warm Springs K-8 Academy. In order to attract more qualified applicants, the district is offering a site differential up to $1,000 for employees who are assigned to the school, excluding transportation positions.

There is also an opportunity for any Bus Driver, Bus Mechanic, Type 10/20 Driver, Driver Trainer or SPED Educational Assistant to receive a $250 bonus if they recruit someone for the position.

The employee who did the recruiting will be eligible once the recruited employee has worked for the district for at least 90 days. This is a one-time bonus.

“I want to thank all of our faculty and staff for their ongoing efforts to ensure that 509J is a place where all students flourish each and every day. The work of our teams matters now more than ever,” Superintendent Jay Mathisen said. “However, we need more people in order to keep offering a high level of education to our kids and families. This is an effort to show we care for our classified staff and the work they do matters.”

509J also offers a robust benefits package for a majority of our positions.

The package could include but is not limited to medical, dental, life, vision insurance, and long-term disability.

The district also pays the employee’s share of the Public Employees Retirement System Contribution.

Interested applicants can apply on our website at


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