Job candidates must be 21 years old and have a clean driving record. They are required to complete an application and background check, and they must earn a commercial driver’s license with a Class B endorsement.
Prospective drivers take a written exam at the Commercial Driver License office, receive instruction from a Limestone school bus trainer and then attend a class mandated by the state Department of Education.
“There is an obstacle course they drive through after three days of knowledge testing with the state,” Adams said. “If they pass, they fill out an application with us and we do the background check, and then they’re ready to go.”
The hiring process takes at least four weeks for new drivers, according to Adams.
“It would take a month for someone that is motivated to get everything done,” he said. “If people are willing to travel, we can get them in a training class in any county (in Alabama).”
In addition to subs being sought for county routes, Adams said the city school system follows a similar hiring process and also stays busy looking for subs.
“For people that live in Athens, I know that Athens City also needs subs,” he said. “They have exactly the same process as we do, as far as getting the CDL license and having drivers complete the state test.”