Greenville Co Schools in dire need of bus drivers, custodians

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GREENVILLE, SC – It was an opportunity Michael Sitzler didn’t want to pass up Tuesday night.

The 25-year-old from Travelers Rest tossed his hat in the ring for a position with Greenville County School District after learning of a job fair at the Lifelong Learning Center in Greenville.

“It’s a little nerve-racking but at the same time you’re hopeful that you answer the right questions and just make sure that you leave a good impression on the employees,” Sitzler told 7 News. 

Sitzler was one of many who drove over to fill out an application.

While five job titles had open positions, two were in critical need of employees to fill them.

Bus drivers top the list.

“We’re about 40 drivers short right now,” said Adam James, Director of Transportation for Greenville County Schools.

James added that Greenville County, with the largest bus fleet in the state, currently has 19 routes without a driver.

“It ends up making a route late to school or late getting home from school. Obviously the parent complaints go up.”

Custodial staff are also short-handed with 40 open positions.

Building Service Specialist Trey Tooley said that current employees are working extra shifts to get the work done.

“The job still has to get done,” Tooley explained. “If the teacher’s out, they call a substitute in. We can’t always do that, the job has to get picked up by other folks.”

While the school district did raise pay in 2018, employees said they also have benefits packages that they hope can get people to apply.    

For more information about how to apply and what positions are available, click here: https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/Employment/main.asp?titleid=certified

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