Putnam City scrambling to find bus drivers, food service staff before school

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OKLAHOMA CITY- As the calendar creeps closer to August, many school districts are scrambling to find people to fill open positions before the start of the school year.

There is no shortage of school buses in the Putnam City School District.

However, there is a lack of people who can drive them.

John Crafton, with the district's transportation department, said, "We're feeling the pressure about getting those positions filled."

Crafton says they're in need of 30 school bus drivers

Officials say drivers are needed immediately so they can get their commercial driver's license in time before the start of school.

Interested employees must have a clean driving record and pass a pre-employment drug screen and physical.

Crafton said, "It's great for people who don't want to work 40 hours a week or people who have school-age children. They want their time off, their Thanksgiving off, spring break or summer."

Not only are bus drivers in high demand, the school district is also seeking cafeteria staff to work in bakeries and full kitchens.

Jeff Edwards, with Putnam City's child nutrition program, said,"Our program is just going through the normal life cycles where we have a number of people that's retired, that's been with us for a long time."

The program offers food safety, culinary and customer service training, medical benefits and a flexible schedule.

Officials said the average employee has been with the district for 16 years, building long-term relationships.

More importantly, it gives people the chance to really interact with the students.

Edwards said, "Lots of fun activities that we do with the kids. We teach them all about nutrition and about making good, healthy choices."

If you are interested in applying for positions, visit the Putnam City School District's website.

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