"My main responsibility is training people to drive the bus," said Shari Price, with Katy ISD.
Price trains bus drivers across Katy ISD. She says driving is rewarding but the job is not for everyone.
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In recent years, Katy ISD has revved up its hiring incentives for part-time positions, offering $16.41 an hour and childcare for $2 a day.
In order to drive a school bus, you must have the following:
- Commercial driver's license
- Pass the Texas bus driver's training course
- 21 years old with a high school diploma or GED
- Drug testing, physical exam, clean driving record and criminal history
Cheryl Guerra says if there is a crash, lack of training is not the reason.
"Other drivers being in Houston, there's a lot of interesting drivers out there, cutting across the streets, cutting in front of us, not letting us turn," Guerra said.
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Cameras inside the buses monitor both the driver and students. The footage is then reviewed by the district. They are also currently shopping for technology that can give them real-time information about speed, location, and maintenance needs on the buses.
These two drivers mostly want parents to know they're doing their best.
"Everyone of us could be in an accident, every day, just driving down the streets of Houston," Price added.
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