Now’s the time to get a school bus license

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Posted: Friday, November 15, 2019 6:00 am

There’s never been a better time to step up to help Hillsboro-Central Valley athletics by learning to become a bus driver.

Beginning Feb. 7, individuals interested in receiving or upgrading their Class A or B commercial driver’s licenses will be subject to minimum training requirements.

Current license holders will be exempt.

What does this mean?

In a nutshell, beginning in February, no entry-level drivers may take commercial driver’s license skills tests to receive their Class A or B CDLs or school bus endorsements without completing more rigorous testing and behind-the-wheel training.

Currently, to become a school bus driver, one needs to take three computerized tests.

The first is a 50-point test to receive a commercial license, followed by two 25-point tests to receive a passenger and school bus endorsement.

These tests are followed by a driving test.

When all four parts are passed to satisfaction, one is fully certified to drive a school bus.

There is no requirement on taking a knowledge or behind-the-wheel test until Feb. 7. 

Long story short, if you have an interest in getting certified, now is the time to do it.

And, if you wish, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to drive.

Perhaps the most challenging portion of the H-CV co-op is lining up drivers for practices and games. 

Burros athletic director Dave Nelson and assistant athletic director Nathan Walsh are always looking for someone to transport a group of junior high volleyball players to a game or bring a mixed group of softball and baseball players to a practice.

Hillsboro head of transportation Dennis Duval and Central Valley head of transportation Don Eliason spend hours tracking down drivers as well.

Drivers are paid an hourly wage for their driving, along with wait time at events or practices.

These are great opportunities for community members interested in part-time work, while getting to provide a valuable service to the Hillsboro-Central Valley sports co-op, spend time around some of the best kids in the Red River Valley and being able to watch and support our teams.

Anyone interested in becoming a certified school bus driver can contact Duval or Superintendent Paula Suda at Hillsboro Public Schools, or Eliason or myself at Central Valley.

In less than three months, more requirements will be added to becoming a licensed school bus driver, so the time to act is now.

Brandt is the superintendent at Central Valley Public School.

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