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Posted by Dilerium on 5/23/2022, 8:41 am, in reply to "CDL
I've only had one job that required a CDL. I already had one, so I don't know how hard they would have pushed for me to get it. It wasn't a deal-breaker for me. What I would be more concerned about is an administrative culture that prioritizes the district's needs over student safety. If a band director or coach says that he/she is unsafe, the admin should pay attention. I believe that a person who does not want a CDL should not get a CDL. It's the same for a kid in band -- if someone doesn't want to be in band, he/she shouldn't be in band. To do otherwise only creates misery for everyone involved. In the case of a CDL, it can also create a tragedy.
In my case, I have retired and used my CDL to get a job driving a motorcoach. I work maybe three or four days a week and, with TRS, take home more $$$ than I did teaching. The days can get long, but they're not any longer than a day in a band director's life and there is a lot less stress.