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Community Notes: New Charles City superintendent says hi, seeks bus drivers

Dear Charles City,

On June 3rd I began as the new superintendent of Charles City Public Schools. My wife and I are excited to relocate from Sioux City to Charles City and join this vibrant, close-knit community.

When not at work, we enjoy being outdoors with our two high-energy golden retrievers, playing pickleball, fishing, boating, and an occasional round of golf. In addition, we are very proud that all three of our young adult children will be working on various undergraduate degrees this fall.

Community Notes: New Charles City superintendent says hi, seeks bus drivers
Dr. Brian Burnight

In my role with the district, I am committed to open and transparent communication within the school district and community. I am here to listen, learn and work with you to address the unique challenges and opportunities to ensure all students succeed and are ready for a career and college future.

Upon my arrival in Charles City, the transportation department brought to my attention a pressing challenge – the urgent need for more school bus drivers.

Last year, the busing system was stretched to its limits, relying on emergency drivers to maintain our routes in numerous instances. The emergency drivers already have full-time jobs within the district.

Driving a bus is an excellent opportunity if you have ever contemplated giving back to help students.

As a vital part of the Charles City team, our school bus drivers have the unique opportunity to be the first smile of the day for our students. They ensure our most precious cargo arrives safely, warmly greeting them and setting the tone for a positive day.

Additionally, our drivers get a front-row seat to sporting events, supporting student activities and helping them maximize their opportunities.

We understand that the time it takes to get licensed is a challenge for new drivers. However, the district is committed to covering the cost of training for approved applicants to obtain their license and will pay starting drivers $19.25 per hour.

It may take several months to complete the commercial driver’s license (CDL) and final driving components required by the state, so please don’t delay. The rewards of this role, both in terms of the impact on students and the unique experiences, are genuinely fulfilling.

Our school bus drivers are not just drivers but mentors, role models and friends to the students they serve. Through their unwavering dedication and genuine care, they profoundly impact countless children’s lives, helping them feel safe, supported, and valued every step of the way.

So, the next time you see a school bus driver, take a moment to express your heartfelt gratitude for the difference they make in students’ lives every day and consider if you would like to make a difference in our children’s lives. Your appreciation can go a long way in recognizing their hard work and dedication.

— Your Partner in Education,

Brian Burnight, Superintendent

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