LIGONIER — When school bus driver Lisa Shields talks about the kids who ride her bus at West Noble School Corp., it can bring her to tears.“I consider them my family,” Shields said.School bus drivers not only make sure kids get a safe ride back and forth to school, but they’re the first and last person a child sees during the regular day.Because of that, both drivers and administrators see their workers in the big yellow buses as instrumental in taking care of students.“When I get a child on the bus, some of them I’ve had for quite a long time, you don’t know what they’re leaving in the morning or what they’re coming home to,” Shields said.This bond is what is bringing her into year 32 of driving the bus.But nationwide and in the four-county area, there’s a demand for bus drivers that isn’t being met.It’s for a number of reasons, some specific to each school district or the economy of an area.Out west in Noble County, West Noble Transportation and School Safety Director Brandon Chordas said the district’s 31 routes all have drivers, but some of them are substitutes who are working daily right now.“We are short,” Chordas… Read full this story
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