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Fort Worth school district raises bus worker pay

A traditional yellow and black school bus that says "Fort Worth ISD School Bus."
Tony Gutierrez
Associated Press

Amid local and national shortages, Fort Worth ISD bus drivers and attendants are getting a pay boost effect Saturday, Oct. 9.

Starting bus driver pay in the Fort Worth school district went up from $18.45 to $22.00 an hour effective Saturday.

Starting bus attendants now earn $13 an hour, up from $11.11 an hour. Drivers and attendants already working will see similar pay hikes.

“Our bus drivers and attendants provide a crucial line of support for the students of Fort Worth ISD: they are the first employees to engage with many of our children in the morning, and the last to see them safely home in the afternoon," district Chief Talent Officer Raul Pena said in a statement. "Bus drivers and attendants are also among our longest serving employees, with an average tenure of over 11 years of service.”

The district has also added incentives for those willing to take on extra work. Drivers with a minimum of five routes a week can get a $1,000 bonus, and attendants can get $750.

In addition, attendants who get their commercial license and transition to a driver role can be eligible for a $1,000 bonus.

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Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues.