Bus drivers in the Gwinnett County Public School System will get a pay raise as of Friday.
The new hourly wage is up $1.90 to a range of $17.63 to $24.98, starting in April. In addition to this pay raise, GCPS bus drivers also will be eligible to receive any cost of living increase and/or longevity step increase that may be approved for the 2021-22 school year.
“The Gwinnett County Board of Education and I know that this has not been an easy time and that our bus drivers have served on the front lines— interacting, caring, and transporting students safely each and every school day," said Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks in a press release. "We have the best bus drivers in the business… that is not something we take for granted and we are pleased to be able to recognize you with this pay raise in April.”
The goal of the increase is to recognize the hard work current transportation employees have put in during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as encouraging new drivers to apply.
“The school bus drivers of Gwinnett County Public Schools are mission-critical employees, ensuring the safe and professional transportation of our district’s most valuable resource – our students,” GCPS Chief Operations Officer Walt Martin said. “Our bus drivers love what they do, and even through challenges, they continue to demonstrate their commitment to their profession. Their value to the district is immeasurable and I am hopeful that the new pay scale will encourage more quality candidates to come join our winning team.”
Anyone interested in becoming a Gwinnett County Schools bus driver may apply online. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, have a safe driving record, and have a high school diploma or equivalent.