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Las Vegas school district hikes bus driver pay to fill staff gap

Superintendent Jesus Jara
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Superintendent Jesus Jara speaks during a news conference at Dean Petersen Elementary School, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The school district for metro Las Vegas is raising pay for new and current school bus drivers by at least 40% to try to reduce its pandemic-exacerbated staff shortage.

The sprawling Clark County School District with 366 schools usually operates almost 1,600 bus routes but has about 240 school bus driver vacancies.

Under raises announced earlier this month, current hourly pay for new hires will rise from $15.36 to $21.67 while the higher rates for experienced drivers will rise from just under $20 to just over $29, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

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The higher pay reflects more of what the position is, said Jennifer Vobis, CCSD’s executive director of transportation. “There’s a lot of responsibility in that job,”

Within the past year, the district approved recruitment and retention bonuses for drivers, on top of $2,000 bonuses for all CCSD employees who worked during the coronavirus pandemic.