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Bus Driver Shortage to Lead to Late Arrivals for 1500 Columbus Students
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- The 2013-2014 school year began a little late for approximately 1500 students impacted by the bus driver shortage that is affecting state's largest district.
Sixty-five new Columbus City Schools bus drivers are currently working to complete a training course in order to begin transporting students to and from school, leaving 51 routes uncovered when classes resumed on Wednesday morning.
Traffic problems also delayed several students Wednesday, with a shut-down on I-71 contributing to long waits for children and parents at Columbus bus stops.
"This morning was pretty hectic. I was waiting at the bus stop 30 minutes before somebody told me the school bus had already come," mother Shaquayla Caldwell said.
Columbus City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dan Good expressed sympathy for all those affected by the bus delays, while seeking to reassure them that the problem is temporary.
"This is a time when the community needs to come together," Good said. "This is a hiccup -- we're gonna get through it."
In order to alleviate some of the issues caused by the driver shortage, district officials have purchased 1000 COTA passes that will be distributed to high school students in order to make more school buses available to elementary and middle schoolers.