DARLINGTON, S.C. — The Darlington County School District plans to hire school bus drivers and will host a free driver training class Monday through Thursday.

Drivers can earn between $11.98 and $17.27 per hour with bonus opportunities every 45 days.

The driver training class will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at the Darlington County School District Administrative Annex at 102 Park St. in Darlington.

Anyone interested in participating must register by noon Friday.

To be eligible to become a school bus driver, a person must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and have had a valid South Carolina driver’s license for at least one year.

There are 10 steps to becoming a school bus driver:

Complete an application for employment and paperwork to attend a training class.

Pass a SLED background check.

Pass a check of license history with the DMV.

Complete State Department of Education classroom training (20 hours).

Obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) permit.

Pass a physical and a drug test.

Train with district instructors for a length of time to be able to perform pre-trip skills and driving.

Pass a physical performance test.

Obtain CDL license with proper endorsements.

Ride a route for five days with a driver.

For more information or to register, call the Darlington County School District Office of Transportation at 843-398-2313.

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