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School bus issues drive Barnum debate

Driver shortage a problem across the county and beyond

More than 50 people turned out for the Barnum school board meeting Tuesday, the majority in a show of support for school bus drivers. The crowd came as the board considered contracting with a private company for transportation services.

It's something the district began exploring last summer, when it was down to three bus drivers. It takes eight to drive all the Barnum routes. By the start of the school year, there were four. Now, the district is up to six with the potential return of a seventh.

A visit to the district website shows what the board is investigating. A link across the top of the...