A 40-foot-long yellow Blue Bird school bus glides down the street and gently comes to a stop. A young boy with an infectious smile boards the bus and greets his driver with an energetic “Good morning, Mrs. Dana!”
Jacque Dana started her career with Mesa in 2005 to earn additional income for a family trip. She stayed because she loves the students.
“My students are the best,” Dana said. “I genuinely care for all of my kids almost like a parent or grandparent. I want to ensure their days start off on the right foot and end on a positive note. Their safety is my top priority.”
Bus drivers at Mesa Public Schools provide transportation for more than 35,840 daily riders. They make sure students arrive at school and return safely home every day. This equates to 6,451,200 bus rides per year, covering 5,634,000 miles total. This impressive feat requires the extraordinary dedication and teamwork of the entire transportation department. And they are looking for exceptional people to join their team.
Jose Villarino Fierro, safety and training supervisor, shares that becoming a driver appeals to a wide variety of people. Potential drivers range from college students looking for a flexible schedule to retired citizens looking to give back to the community and truck drivers wanting a stable career with weekends off. It’s also a popular option with stay-at-home parents wishing to align their work schedule with their children’s school day.
“The demand for quality bus drivers is rising at a steady pace, whether one is interested in full-time, part-time, designated or subbing routes,” Fierro shared. “It’s a career that provides the flexibility people desire. I came to Mesa because I wanted a place to set down roots that offered health benefits and a retirement pension.”
October 22 to October 26 is National School Bus Safety Week, which spotlights the important work school bus drivers do.
Those with great people skills, who enjoy working with children and desire a job with rewarding benefits can apply to become a Mesa Public Schools bus driver at mpsaz.org/careers 480-472-7200.