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Take a closer look the next time your child boards the bus for school. There’s a family behind the wheel: drivers and operators who are part of a family-owned business dedicated to the community for more than 20 years.
“We are a family-owned and operated bus company that has roots back to 1969 when Peter and Wendy Brunt opened an International Harvester dealership,” says Katie Brunt-Avunduk, manager of GST and daughter of Peter and Wendy. “Over time the business model changed from selling tractors, to fixing cars and trucks, to operating buses. In 1997, when my brother Jonathan joined the firm, we began a new era of transporting students for local school districts. I joined our family business in 2009.”
The family works side by side every day with their employees to provide safe busing for students in Robbinsville, Northern Burlington, Upper Freehold, Millstone, and many other communities in Central and South New Jersey. “Our motto is transporting the future. We take this job extremely seriously as the students we pick up every day are our future. They will be the next teacher, farmer, police officer, pilot, or president. We are proud to be a part of their journey every day,” says Brunt-Avunduk. “Many of our drivers enjoy watching their students grow up. They are there the first time they ride the bus as kindergarteners and watch them grow year after year.”
“We forget that drivers have a unique position in the school community. A teacher may have a child in the classroom for a year, but the school bus driver may well see them all the way through to middle and high school. We know how important it is for students to have a familiar face greet them every morning and say goodbye every afternoon.
GST operates year-round and provides safe, reliable transportation during the year for both special needs schools as well as local school districts. “From field trips, sporting, and special events, we transport students, including special needs children, to summer day camps for day care and other local recreation programs,” says Brunt-Avunduk.
“Because we are family-oriented, we are always looking for qualified individuals who would like to be part of our team. There is so much more to the business than driving,” she says.
Positions available are school bus drivers, trip driver, school bus aides, and mechanics. “There are many benefits, such as having the same vacation time as your own children, flexible hours with part-time morning or afternoon-only shifts available, competitive wages, paid holidays, bonus program, 401(k) with employer match, extra income for retirees, and paid CDL training among others,” says Brunt-Avunduk.
“We offer complete training for your commercial driver’s license. Our training staff will make sure you are prepared for your driving test and beyond. We are there for you every step along the way.”
Area parents can take comfort in knowing that their child is watched over by another family who cares about their safety and wellbeing. GST Transport has seen generations of children to school and home again with pride and caring. Be part of transporting the future in your community. Contact Katie or Peter at 609-267-3380.