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Lufkin ISD hopes change in CDL test will help fill 23 bus driver vacancies

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Published: Jan. 20, 2022 at 5:05 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2022 at 3:54 PM CST
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EDITORS NOTE: LISD sent a correction for the amount of payment for bus drivers and substitutes which has been edited in this story.

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - The Texas Department of Public Safety announced a temporary waiver on part of the testing for a commercial driver license (CDL).

To help states and municipalities that are experiencing a severe shortage of school bus drivers and to recruit new hires, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that states may waive the portion of the CDL testing requirement covering knowledge of the “under the hood” engine components.

The waiver will be effective January 24 through March 31 for school bus driver applicants.

“This is great news for school districts across the state. It will save both time and money for the applicant and hopefully put more bus drivers to work,” said Dr. Daniel Spikes, Lufkin ISD Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services.

Lufkin ISD currently has 23 full-time bus driver vacancies and a need for 10 substitute drivers.

“The waiver is time-sensitive, so we’re encouraging applicants to take advantage of this federal opportunity while it’s available. There’s no better time to get your CDL to drive a school bus,” said Spikes.

Lufkin ISD said starting pay for full-time drivers is $15.70 an hour plus more based on experience. The substitute rate is $14.00 per hour.

Applicants wishing to take advantage of this waiver will need to book an appointment with Maria Harper, Training Supervisor at Lufkin ISD Transportation. Email mgharper@lufkinisd.org or call (936)630-4492 to schedule an appointment.

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