Drew Behrens is in his second year as a Rockwood School District school bus driver.
He worked previously for St. Louis County Highways in the traffic division.
“Being a Rockwood school bus driver allows me to support my family,” said Behrens. “I have had two kids in the school district. I also get opportunities to pick up extra trips, and make additional money.”
Behrens said being a school bus driver also affords him flexibility.
“My morning starts at 6 a.m. and ends at 9:15 a.m.,” he said. “Then I can complete tasks at home, go to appointments or do chores. I return at 1:50 p.m. and complete my afternoon run about 5:15 p.m. I pick up around 30 hours a week.”
Rockwood Director Transportation Mike Heyman said Rockwood school bus drivers are among the highest-paid in the state. A new driver with no experience starts out at $16.61/hour. After five years of experience, the current rate is $25.39/hour. The district offers paid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training as part of the program.
Heyman believes flexibility is a big part of the appeal for bus drivers.
Heyman said, “I have retired professionals, executives and owners of businesses who are unbelievably surprised at how much they love it. Rockwood offers the best equipment. Our buses are less than three years old. We have an outstanding shop and an impeccable maintenance program. We treat everyone with fairness and respect.”Check out how to apply.