Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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Sharyland-LogoIn an effort to retain their current bus drivers, and recruit new ones, the Sharyland School Board of Trustees approved a $1 increase in the starting pay for their starting bus drivers.

At their Monday school board meeting, trustees approved increasing the starting pay rate for their drivers from $12.81 per hour to $13.82.

“We’re excited our board was able to do this increase,” district Superintendent Maria Vidaurri said Monday. “Our drivers do such a good job and we want to honor them and make sure we’re competitive with our neighboring districts so they stay with us.”

As previously reported, the starting pay for Sharyland bus drivers was well below that of neighboring school districts McAllen and Mission. The districts pay their drivers $13 and $13.82 per hour, respectively.

The midpoint pay for Sharyland bus drivers remains at $16.07 while the maximum pay is $18.38.

According to Enrique Mata Jr., district’s transportation director, the pay increase would potentially help the district retain their drivers.

“We currently have 55 drivers but are missing 12 more positions that need to be filled,” Mata Jr. said last week. “This summer we’ve lost three drivers to neighboring districts and two candidates who interviewed with us to be drivers declined our offer to work at other districts within the last week.”

Mata Jr., said this type of loss occurs every year, but a pay increase would help alleviate it.

Ismael Gonzalez, the district’s assistant superintendent for business and finance, said the district would contact the drivers who rejected the district’s job offer to see if the increase will entice them into accepting it.

The district budget can accommodate for this increase, human resource Director Deborah Garza explained, adding that the cost of this increase will come from closing two vacant bus driver positions.