First Student hired for C-A bus routes

FLINT TWP. — First Student school bus service is a go for Carman-Ainsworth schools. Due to a bus driver shortage, the district announced tentative plans last month to contract with First Student, a private provider of school bus transportation.

Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff said that the contract with First Student approved by the school board on December 15 includes:

• No reduction for any C-A employed drivers;

• Hiring 3 additional C-A employed drivers from our existing substitute driver pool;

• Contracting with First Student for 6 drivers and 6 buses…each driver will have a full route package (high school, middle school, and elementary run).

The contract is for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year only.

“We (will) continue to work towards a long-term solution to the driver shortage that nearly all school districts are dealing with,” Tunnicliff said.

The official start date for First Student drives is yet to be determined, but will likely be around the start of second semester (late January), he said. First Student buses will be marked “First Student” but yellow like all other school buses. They comply with all of the same standards that all C-A buses must meet, Tunnicliff said.

Meanwhile, C-A still is looking to hire more of its own bus drivers.

Applications for open positions are posted on the Genesee Intermediate School District web site at 721&category=Transportation

C-A has listings for full and part-time, regular and substitute drivers.

As of December 18, the GISD Mid-Michigan Area Public Schools Consortium has postings for 19 bus drivers, one bus mechanic, three transportation aides and a substitute transportation custodian.

Davison, Fenton, Clio, Flushing, Beecher, Bentley and Mt. Morris are among districts in Genesee County also looking to hire bus drivers.

First Student is contracted to provide all transportation services for the Flint School District and also works in Linden, Lake Fenton and Westwood Heights.

Billing itself as the leading school transportation provider in North America, First Student states on its web site that it is “moving more passengers per day than all U.S. airlines combined.”

To learn more about First Student, visit its web site at

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