Several Clark County schools are preparing for big changes to their bell schedules this upcoming school year, and with one week until classes start, experts encourage parents to get their students acclimated now to their new sleep schedule. Clark County School District announced early this year that they would be changing the start times at hundreds of schools across the district due to a shortage of bus drivers. By shifting the start times, their hope is to optimize bus routes and improve pick up and drop off times. The idea of waking up so early, however, is becoming a big concern for some families in the Las Vegas valley especially those of high school students. Last year school started at 8a for most high school students, but starting next week it’ll start at 7a unless they have early bird classes, then start time is 6a. which means students will have to get up an hour earlier with concerns that the earlier start time will affect mental, health and academic performances.
The Clark County School District is still short more than 200 drivers, leaving some of your children late to and from school, waiting on sidewalks, and in some cases now using public transportation. According to CCSD’s website, bus driver trainees make 15.67 an hour. Drivers starting off can get anywhere from $15.67 to $19.98. and special education bus drivers, the pay is listed as $16.45 to $20.99 to start off. How does CCSD driver pay compare to the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada? Keolis Transit, an operations contractor for the RTC of Southern Nevada says its starting pay is $16.25 an hour. At ten years, that can be as high as $26.19 an hour. Right now, there is also a $2,500 signing bonus for new hires. MV Transportation, one of RTC’s vendors, has a starting wage of $15.77 an hour with annual increases topping out at more than $25 an hour. It also has signing bonuses from $1,200 to $1,800.
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