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Durham Facing School Bus Driver Shortage

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DURHAM — With only two weeks to go until school opens, Durham County is still 11 bus drivers short of a full staff.

Driver shortages began there two years ago with the inception of a student reassignment program and a cross-district magnet program. The Triangle's good economy is luring many would-be drivers away to jobs with better pay.

Hoping to find a solution, Durham is beginning an incentive program that includes increased security and a $150 bonus for perfect driver attendance in the first six weeks of school.

Durham County Transportation Director Gary Ackley says he believes the new plan will help them recruit more drivers..

The school system is currently training drivers who may make up the shortfall. Durham schools will open August 26th.

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