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Wilson County working to get more school bus drivers

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LEBANON, TN (WSMV) -

After a bus driver shortage forced Wilson County Schools to cancel routes indefinitely this year, News 4 went back to the district to see what they're doing to fix the problem.

The district has been struggling to keep up with the growth in Wilson County when it comes to bus drivers.

There are over 200 bus routes per day the to cover in Wilson County. The district was down 14 drivers at times over the last year.

The district doesn't have fill-ins for drivers who call in sick, meaning the route has to be canceled.

To fix that problem, the school board recently approved a $3 raise for all drivers, hoping it encourages more people to apply.

It's helped bring nine more drivers on board since September, and 11 more are going through training.

The district's director of transportation, Jerry Partlow, has a message for frustrated parents.

"Be patient. We're on the brink of having the issue under control," Partlow said. "The county commission, the school board and the administration at the school district have been very supportive."

Partlow said just about all routes have been back up and running since fall break, with the exception of when someone calls out sick.

The district still needs more drivers.

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