Four districts in the Sacramento, California, area are looking to recruit about 100 to 150 school bus drivers, attendants, and mechanics. Seen here are drivers at one of those districts, Elk Grove Unified.

Four districts in the Sacramento, California, area are looking to recruit about 100 to 150 school bus drivers, attendants, and mechanics. Seen here are drivers at one of those districts, Elk Grove Unified.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Four Sacramento-area school districts are joining forces in an effort to recruit up to 150 transportation personnel.

The districts — Elk Grove, San Juan, Rocklin, and Roseville — will hold their first-ever joint job fair for transportation on Saturday at Florin High School in Sacramento.

The job fair aims to enlist a total of about 100 to 150 school bus drivers, attendants, and mechanics for the four districts.

The event will be composed of two sessions: one at 8 a.m. and one at 10 a.m. The first hour of each session will be a general orientation to give applicants an overview of student transportation services.

After the orientation, applicants will be split into groups to meet with staff from the district in which they live or want to work. The staff will tell them more about the district and its transportation needs, and then they can fill out that district’s job application.

Driver shortage has been an acute challenge for many school bus operations across the country in recent years.

At the Sacramento-area Elk Grove Unified School District, Director of Transportation Jill Gayaldo told SBF for a recent profile that her transportation department needed about 20 more school bus drivers at the time to be fully staffed.

“We have a great fleet and great drivers — we just need more drivers,” Gayaldo said.

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