District boosts bus driver pay

The Iola school district hopes a boost in bus driver pay will attract more employees and retain those already with the district, amid a nationwide shortage of drivers with a CDL.

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September 15, 2021 - 10:27 AM

A school bus pulls up to Jefferson Elementary School on Wednesday morning. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

With a nationwide shortage of commercially licensed drivers, the Iola school district hopes a boost in pay will entice new bus drivers and encourage existing ones to stay.

The USD 257 school board voted to increase bus driver pay from $14 to $14.50 an hour. 

It can be difficult to evaluate and compare pay for bus drivers, as different districts address payment in different ways, Superintendent Stacey Fager said. 

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