Jackson County Public Schools, the surrounding districts, including the larger surrounding districts, struggle to maintain enough substitute bus drivers. The Jackson County Board of Education did something very innovative at the April 21, 2015 Regular Board Meeting to help address the situation. The board approved the Jackson County Public School’s New Sub Bus Driver Incentive Program.
The incentive program applies to potential new sub-bus drivers who will be enrolled in the JCPS Driver Training Program only
JCPS will pay for the criminal background check
JCPS will pay for an initial physical not to exceed $95.00
Upon full-completion of their training program and being available to drive for thirty (30) work days after they receive their license, the new sub-bus driver will receive a one-time $100.00 training stipend.
By removing some of the initial costs associated with enrolling in the training program, hopefully more potential sub drivers will enroll in the training program. Jackson County Public Schools has an outstanding bus driver training program that is facilitated by driver/trainers Kathy Spurlock and Richard Lakes. Both are very thorough and do an exceptional job training our present and future bus drivers.