Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) and the Association of Salem-Keizer Education Support Professionals (ASK-ESP) has transportation recruitment incentives to attract and retain transportation employees.

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The transportation recruitment incentive is for new bus drivers who have not been previously employed as a bus driver in SKPS within the year of their new hire date.

New bus drivers will receive the following monetary incentives based on time worked over the employee’s first year of continuous employment:

Employee Designation

After 90 days of route driving*, employee receives

After six month probation completed, employee receives

Following their one-year anniversary as a bus driver for the district, employee receives

New Driver $500  $500 $500
New Driver with driving experience, a CDL, but no ODE certification $750 $750 $1000
New Driver with a CDL, driving experience, and an ODE certification $1000 $1000 $1000

“We are thankful to the Association of Salem-Keizer Education Support Professionals for their support of this new incentive structure for our transportation department,” said SKPS Chief Operations Officer Michael Wolfe. “Our bus drivers really make a positive impact each and every day for our students. Like school districts across the country, we struggle to fill these mission-critical positions. We hope this incentive will bring even more incredible members of our community to work with us as drivers.”

Referral bonus

Each new bus driver will be asked on their application how they learned of bus driver opening in the District. If the new bus driver identifies that a current classified employee referred them to the District, the referring employee shall receive a $500 referral incentive when the new bus driver successfully completes their six-month probationary
period. Classified employees that refer new bus drivers are eligible to receive a referral bonus for each one that successfully completes their probationary period, without limit.

Memorandum of understanding between SKPS and ASK-ESP

“We are thankful to the Association of Salem-Keizer Education Support Professionals for their support of this new incentive structure for our transportation department,” said SKPS Chief Operations Officer Michael Wolfe. “Our bus drivers really make a positive impact each and every day for our students. Like school districts across the country, we struggle to fill these mission-critical positions. We hope this incentive will bring even more incredible members of our community to work with us as drivers.”

The Memorandum of Understanding between SKPS and ASK-ESP also addresses modified longevity stipends for bus drivers, driver trainers, dispatchers and routers, clerical staff and mechanics employed by the transportation department, as well as an employee referral incentive.

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View the full Memorandum of Understanding between SKPS and ASK-ESP