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Applicants seek opportunity at Greenville Co. back-to-school job fair

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The first day of school for kids in Greenville County is two weeks away but the district is still hiring for some key positions. The Greenville County School District is looking for bus drivers, aides, custodians and food service operators. All those categories are seeing a pay raise.

Addressing a group of job applicants at a Back to School Job Fair at the Golden Strip Career Center, bus center manager June Knight says, “We can teach you anything you need to know about driving a school bus but if you don’t have patience of love of children, this is not the job for you.”

Knight, who has been with the district’s transportation department for 31 years says being a bus driver is a very rewarding career. “It’s the interaction with children,” says Knight, “Your face may be the only face that child sees first thing in the morning with a smile and the last one they see in the afternoon.”

“I’m presently unemployed, “ says job seeker Steve Masingille. “I’m considering driving a school bus so I can help children and it provides an income.”

Another applicant, Ashley Ratcliff says, “I went to school for early education but I had a family and that got pushed off.” After 8 years as a stay at home mom, Ashley is interested in working as a bus aide so she can help kids and work a schedule that works well for her family. She admits a little anxiety about starting this new career but she’s ready to pursue the opportunity. “I’m nervous. It’s been a while since so it’ll be something new,” she says.

Employees who work 30 or more hours per week qualify for health and dental benefits along with sick leave and free life insurance.

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