Frequently Asked Questions

What are the physical requirements?

  • If you would like to be a driver or an attendant, you must have vision in both eyes.
  • Can not be an insulin dependent diabetic.
  • Must possess all limbs.
  • Blood pressure can not exceed 139/89.

Where do I apply to become a driver or an attendant?

  • Our Administration building is at the intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 60 Bypass in Bartow.
  • Applications are taken Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM.
  • Our phone number is (863) 534-7300 or (863) 534-7298.

What should I bring with me?

  • Drivers will need a certified copy of their lifetime driving record. You can obtain this at the Polk County Courthouse in Bartow, or at one of the courthouse branch offices. There is a small fee.
  • Drivers need their valid Florida Driver License.
  • Attendants need their Driver License or a valid Florida State ID.
  • Drivers and attendants need their Social Security card. (The Driver License or Florida State ID and the Social Security Card must show the same last name).
  • Drivers must bring a copy of their High School diploma or GED. (Ask about our "Driving for Education" program that lets you work while you earn your GED.)
  • Attendants must have transcripts showing completion of the 9th grade.

When will I know if I am eligible for training?

Each application is reviewed within the Operations Department. If your driving record and/or background check meet our requirements, you will be notified to attend a group interview.

When are the classes held?

  • Classes for drivers are held monthly at our Bartow Training Facility.
  • Classes for attendants are held on an as needed basis.

How long will it be before I can start working?

  • Driver training begins with 40 hours of classroom instruction.
  • Total training time (including classroom) is usually 3-4 weeks.
  • If you possess a class "A" or "B" CDL license with a passenger endorsement, your training time may be reduced.
  • Attendant training begins with 20 hours of classroom instruction.
  • Total training time (including classroom) is usually 1-2 weeks.

How much will I make an hour?

Drivers

  • All drivers begin as a substitute driver. The current pay is $10.00 an hour.
  • Once you become an appointed driver, the pay is currently $12.00 hourly plus benefits.

Attendants

We also have need for bus attendants who assist the drivers with students.

  • All attendants begin as a substitute attendant. The current pay is $8.10 an hour.
  • Once you become an appointed attendant, the pay is currently $9.00 hourly plus benefits.

What are the benefits?

  • Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Personal Leave
  • Retirement Benefits
  • CPR Training
  • First Aid Training
  • Extra pay for working school "Field Trips"

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