Bus driver shortages growing around the Wiregrass

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DOTHAN, Ala. — (WDHN) — Bus driver shortages are now a nationwide problem.

As students get back on buses, school systems are still struggling to find enough drivers. The Transportation Director for Ozark City Schools, Jackilyn Barefield said it has been a team effort as staff members pitch in to help.

Barefield says they’ve already started recruiting people. Her principals have even offered coaches who are also drivers to help them on the thirty-nine routes they have.

It’s a team effort.

“We’re one eagle, we’re supporting that and it takes everyone to make every aspect of the school system work,” Barefield said. “It takes all of us, every one of us, to make this thing work and that’s what we’re here for.”

Barefield encourages anyone who would like to help by becoming a school bus driver, to apply for the job.

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