Pay Raises Approved for PCPS Bus Drivers and Other Employee Groups

Pay Raises Approved for PCPS Bus Drivers and Other Employee Groups

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The Polk County School Board has approved pay raises for the district’s bus drivers, attendants, custodians and other employee groups.

Earlier this month, Polk County Public Schools reached a tentative pay agreement with AFSCME Local 2227, the union representing PCPS bus drivers and attendants; custodial, maintenance and warehouse personnel; and school nutrition assistants. The agreement was ratified by AFSCME members on Saturday and approved by school board members during Tuesday’s meeting.

See the full document here. The highlights include:

Bus Drivers

  • Entry-level pay for full-time drivers will increase to $14.50, up from $13.40. The pay raise is retroactive to July 1, 2021.
  • Veteran PCPS bus drivers will also see pay raises, depending on their salary level/years of experience.
  • PCPS is also implementing a $500 retention bonus for newly hired drivers, and a $150 referral bonus for existing drivers and attendants who refer new driver applicants hired by PCPS.

All other AFSCME employee groups

  • The minimum base salary for bus attendants, custodians and school nutrition assistants will increase to $11 per hour, retroactive to July 1, 2021.
  • Each employee group (other than bus drivers) will see a pay increase totaling $1.50 per hour over the next two years ($0.75 each year).

The complete pay agreement is available here. Employees can request more information by contacting HR at 863-534-0781 (option 2) or