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Kenton County looking to hire school bus drivers

Posted at 4:30 AM, May 08, 2017

FORT WRIGHT, Ky. -- It's the first person your child sees when they hop on the bus and the last they see when they get off.

The Kenton County School District is looking to hire at least 20 drivers in addition to the 187 they currently have.

Carla Glaza knows what it takes to be behind the wheel with dozens of children. She's been a bus driver in the district for nine years.

"If one child looks at me and says, 'Thanks, bus driver,' that's my reward," Glaza said.

Assistant Superintendent Kim Banta said now is the ideal time to hire new drivers.

"We know that we can train them all summer and have the highest quality that we can possibly achieve," Banta said.

The district said it runs extensive background checks to make sure no driver has a felony. They also cannot have a misdemeanor within seven years.

"We're not going to put anybody through that isn't safe," Glaza said. "Safety is our main concern."

Parents can also check on their children online. The district set up a "bus buddie parent portal" that tracks where the buses are in real time.

"Our safety record - it can't be beat," Banta said. "It's much safer to put a child on a school bus and come to school than it is to transport on your own, or transport any other way," Banta said.

Anyone interested in becoming a Kenton County school bus driver can click here for more information. Glaza said it's it's a fulfilling job.

"My job is never boring. Every day is a new day, and I love my job," she said. "When I get off the bus and know that I have transported each child home safely or safely to school, what better reward would you need than that?"