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School bus drivers back on their routes

October 1, 2007

Albany --  There were no problems at the bus stop this morning for students attending school in Dougherty County.     

Bus drivers drove their regular routes today, and there are no reports of children getting to school late. The twelve bus drivers who refused to drive their students home, were on the job this morning.     

The drivers went on a strike after they learned changes in the way they get paid could result in a pay cut. Their actions resulted in 700 kids temporarily stranded at school and plenty of frustration.

School Superintendent Dr. Sally Whatley said, "That's not something I desire to have as superintendent.  You always want all of your employees to understand clearly what's occurring, and to have open lines of communication, so we'll make sure that happens beginning today."

The administrators with the school district say they held six different meetings for bus drivers to learn about the upcoming pay changes.  Dr. Whatley says she's made no plans to take disciplinary action.        

Whatley says she plans to begin meetings with those bus drivers today to resolve Friday's problem.

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