CENTRAL TEXAS — A lot of districts said they are dealing with bus driver shortages heading into a new school year. A few districts decided to increase their pay or add incentives to stay competitive.

KVUE reached out to school districts to see how each was doing prior to the 2018 school year:

Austin ISD

• No shortage

• $15.42 per hour with no experience

Bastrop ISD

• No shortage

• $15.25 per hour

Del Valle ISD

• 17 openings

• $14.75 to $17.93 per hour based on experience

Incentives:

- Two-week paid training if they do not have a CDL (DVISD will pay for their CDL license)

- $800 referral program for each person they refer to become a bus driver

- Part-time/full-time/split-time opportunities

- $500 monthly medical insurance contributions

Dripping Springs ISD

• 10 openings

• $15.43 to $19.40 per hour based on experience

Georgetown ISD

• No shortage

• $15.43 to $19.40 per hour based on experience

Incentives:

- Offer free paid training

Hays CISD

• No shortage

• $16.32 per hour

Lake Travis ISD

• 12 openings

• $18.27 per hour

Leander ISD

• 18 openings

• $17.25 per hour

Incentives:

- A CDL hire incentive: Pays the new hire a $500 sign on incentive if they are fully licensed with a Class B or A CDL and a Passenger and School Bus endorsement

- A Refer a Friend Incentive: Pays a current employee $250 for anyone hired and maintains employment for at least 90 working days

- Attendance Incentive: Pays a current employee $250 if they have two or less absences

Liberty Hill ISD

• No shortage

• $16.44 per hour

Offer reward/higher pay for people with experience

Manor ISD

• Four openings

• $16.00 per hour

Pflugerville ISD

• No shortage

• $17.00 per hour

Incentives:

- $3,000 bonus for new drivers

Taylor ISD

• No shortage

• $14.00 per hour starting pay