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Knox County Schools Facing Bus Driver Shortage

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Posted at 6:30 AM, Aug 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:38:01-04

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Knox County Schools officials say a shortage of school bus drivers is forcing some students to arrive at school early or stay late this year as drivers run double routes.

Multiple media outlets report that officials say the county needs about 35 additional drivers now that service agreements for three routes have recently been terminated by two contractors.

The school system contracts with independent providers who operate more than 350 buses.

The school system's Chief Operating Officer Russ Oaks says contractors have told him they are having a hard time finding qualified drivers willing to do the job.

Knox County Bus Contractor's Association spokesman Doug Davis tells the Knoxville News Sentinel that contractors have been trying everything they can to recruit more drivers.

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