June 18, 2019

Why a School Bus Driver

Sun West School Division buses transport approximately 2000 students on 106 regular bus routes daily. Along with the daily responsibilities, last year division buses were used over 470 times to transport Sun West students on other school activities. A dedicated group of approximately 150 certified regular route drivers and substitute school bus drivers perform these tasks. The division is fortunate to have such a responsible and devoted group but with retirements and other commitments the division is always recruiting to fill vacant positions for both types of drivers.

As a regular route school bus driver, an employee’s driving time can range from just over an hour per day up to 5 hours per day dependent on the length of the bus route. Along with the enjoyment and satisfaction gained from transporting a valuable cargo on a daily basis, drivers also receive the amenities and security of the school division’s employee benefit package. This includes a health, dental and vision plan, long-term disability coverage, accidental death, dismemberment and life insurance coverage.

Employees also appreciate the benefits of the Municipal Employees Pension Plan and other division incentives.

The school division is always recruiting for substitute drivers in all locations but is in urgent need of substitute school bus drivers in certain areas. Substitute drivers are paid the equivalent to our regular route driver rates while having the option of determining their schedule when they are available to drive.

The school division offers free training to individuals interested in pursuing their school bus license. We have an in-house, certified, driver trainer and can provide the opportunity for persons to drive a vacant school bus to experience its operation prior to determining if this were a profession they would wish to pursue. The school division reimburses applicants for their driver medical, the Saskatchewan Government Insurance written examination and road test.

If becoming a school bus driver interests you or you know someone who may be interested in becoming a school bus driver, please submit an application online or contact the Transportation Department a t 306-882-4955.