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Nash Drivers Opt to Work

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NASHVILLE — Hundreds of parents were relived that theirchildren made it home Wednesday afternoon. Half the school bus drivers ata Nash County school had planned to walk off the job again, but changedtheir minds.

Parent Patricia Vick says she would rather be just about anywhere elsethan her daughter's school, but after hearing that half the bus drivers atNash Central Junior High weren't going to work today, she made the tripherself.

After not showing up Wednesday morning, all seven drivers returned towork in the afternoon. They said they still don't like the new hourlywage the school board voted in, but they will settle their complaintson the job. School Transportation Director Don McCurley says they'll finda way to work things out.

Drivers say they prefer the previous plan under which theywere paid per mile. Now they receive an hourlywage. Driver Tonya Brodie says they are askingparents to understand their plight.

The Nash County school system says it will not penalize drivers whomissed work, but that it had been prepared to fire anyone who left students stranded again.

Each Nash County driver has until October 12 to present his or hercase. Some drivers say they will quit if they aren't satisfied.

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