School Bus Contract 2021-22
Bus Contract, Agreements with CCPS
Bus contractors sign annual agreements with CCPS. A copy of a master school bus service contract is posted below. A signed contract is good for one year and addresses driver and attendant salaries, health and retirement benefits, as well as driver and attendant personal/sick leave.
Drivers and attendants are not CCPS employees; they are employed by independent bus companies that provide transportation service to CCPS. However, benefits negotiated through CCPS and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union for various CCPS employees also affect bus drivers and attendants.
When a cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is negotiated by CCPS and AFSCME, CCPS bus drivers and attendants also receive the increase.
Driver, Attendant Salaries
The base hourly rate for a CCPS driver with one to four years of experience is $20.12. A 25 percent fixed charge amount is added to the driver and attendant hourly rate paid to the independent bus companies to cover worker’s compensation, social security, Maryland unemployment, federal unemployment and payroll compensation for the drivers and attendants.
The base hourly rate for a certified CCPS attendant with one to four years of experience is $14.78. Hourly pay rate charts are located on Page 8 of the CCPS rate schedule posted online here.
Driver, Attendant Benefits
Drivers and attendants who are employed full time as the regular route driver or attendant on a contracted bus route are eligible for benefits. This includes a minimum daily requirement of six hours per day.
Full time drivers and attendants receive six days of leave, which is paid in full by CCPS. All drivers and attendants employed for more than four years receive one additional day of leave per year at a maximum of 10 days total.
Health and life insurance premiums vary among bus contractors, but CCPS provides the same amount to all contractors. A difference in premiums does not change the cost to a driver or attendant. The cost of these programs is shared by CCPS, the driver and the contractor. Drivers and attendants are not required to take advantage of benefits; they are available at their choosing.
For health and life insurance benefits, the base premium is $10,000; CCPS pays $6,000; the contractor pays $2,000; and the driver pays $2,000.
For life insurance only, the base premium is $210; CCPS pays $150; the contractor pays $30; and the driver pays $30.
For retirement, the base amount is $650; CCPS pays $487.50; the contractor pays $81.25; and the driver pays $81.25. A further breakdown of benefits is located on pages 8-10 in the CCPS Schedule C: Table of Rates for School Year 2021-2022, which can be viewed in the link below.