MDI High School needs bus drivers to drive teams to various extra-curricular activities, and they need them badly! According to a report in the Mount Desert Islander, Principal Matt Haney describes the shortage as a crisis.

Bus drivers will drive teams to sporting events, music and drama competitions and various other events. According to Athletic Director Bunky Dow, 3 buses are needed to transport the football team, cheerleaders and equipment to a game, and the 1st away game is on Friday, September 6th at Old Town.

On any given night in the fall there could be Boys and Girls Soccer games, cross country meets, football and volleyball contests.

MDI Adult and Community Education is offering a class for those who are interested in driving. The class begins, Wednesday, August 7th and will meet once a week for 4 weeks.

To be a bus driver, you must be at least 21 years old, have a commercial driver's license with a school bus operation endorsement. To obtain that, you must pass 3 written tests, a road test and a physical exam.

The class is designed to help applicants pass the written tests. The class is offered at no charge. There is a charge for taking the tests and the physical, but according to Matt Haney, "Those who complete the course successfully and wind up driving for us, we will reimburse them those fees."

Starting pay is $15.00 per hour.

For more info or to register for the class, please call MDI Adult and Community Education at 288-4703