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School board candidates talk driver shortage, diversity in forum

School board candidates talk driver shortage, diversity in forum

Two people vying for an open school board seat relayed a bit more on district issues and their possible solutions at a candidate forum Tuesday evening.

Audience members submitted several questions to the moderator about the district’s bus driver shortage. The district’s shortage of 22 bus drivers caused delays as students went to and from school at the start of the 2017-18 school year.

“That issue came up on us pretty quickly this year,” said Jim Kelly, a school board member since 2010. “WATA raised their rates (of bus driver pay), and people left.”

Kelly manages the industrial cranes at Newport News Shipbuilding. His opponent, Danon Middleton, said the issue was one...

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