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Our mission is to provide the highest degree of safety for students. New drivers are trained by "Smith System" trainers and are CDL licensed with school bus, air brake, and passenger endorsements. Drivers also attend monthly in-house safety training sessions overseen by Transportation Director Jared Grawe, and are trained in CPR & First Aid annually.

Our buses are outfitted with the finest safety equipment available. Each bus has fire-resistant seats, cameras & microphones, as well as air-powered doors, along with sound deadening ceilings. In addition, all school buses have been outfitted with GPS tracking technology. Some buses will also be outfitted with Wi-Fi capabilities to allow student-athletes to work on their schoolwork while in transit to athletic competitions and some school bus routes.

The majority of buses now have LED lighting for better visibility, and buses that travel high traffic areas, like Hwy. 95, are equipped with high visibility LED strobes on their Eight-Way lighting system that can be seen for long distances. All buses also have high-visibility white strobes mounted on the roof.

Our training and bus maintenance schedule has resulted in one of the safest driving records in the state, which not only gives our community peace of mind, but also saves district taxpayers the burden of additional insurance premiums.

Our drivers service 28 regular routes and eight special education routes daily.

Walk to School Boundaries
In the fall of the 2008-2009 school year, the North Branch Area School District instituted a walk to school zone for students seventh grade and up. If you have any questions about those zones, call the Transportation Department at the number below.

The district, in conjunction with the City of North Branch, has received a Safe Routes to School grant, which allowed for more crossing guards and future sidewalk additions.

Bus Drivers Needed:
If you, or anyone you know, is interested in working as a bus driver for North Branch Area Public Schools, please call 651-674-1030 for more information. To start an application, go here and click on "Transportation"

Bus Driver 
  • Position Type:
      Transportation/School Bus Driver
  • Location:
      Bus Garage
  • Date Available:
      As soon as possible
  • Closing Date:
      Open until filled
  • Job Summary:  Picks up and delivers students to and from school in a manner that ensures their safety and promotes a positive attitude toward learning.
    Qualifications Require:  experience required: High School diploma or equivalent; Previous bus driving preferred; Current CDL & School Bus Endorsement preferred; Ability to work with children.
    Certification/Licensure required: Must be able to obtain a valid MN CDL with air brake endorsement, passenger endorsement and school bus endorsement, and have less than 3 moving violations in the past 5 years.  Must be able to be First Aid/CPR certified.
    Other: Defensive driving course preferred
                 Working knowledge of bus operation preferred