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Fairbanks school district: All school bus routes staffed, ready for Day 1

FAIRBANKS—The Fairbanks school district is anticipating a better first day of school for bus riders Wednesday compared with last year when the district was short about 30 drivers and students faced cancellations and delays.

As of Tuesday afternoon, all school bus routes were covered with drivers and the transportation contractor, First Student, had four substitute drivers ready to fill in, according to Lisa Pearce, chief financial officer for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. All crossing guard and bus attendant positions are also reportedly filled.

"We expect full coverage," Pearce said. "We have been working closely with First Student."

About 7,000 students will ride the bus to school Wednesday, and the school district expects that any issues that arise will be of the routine sort that happen on the first day of school.

"Last year was different. It was driven off of a labor shortage," Pearce said. "We aren't anticipating that to be a problem ... We are back to normal. I expect our struggles will be like any new school year."

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Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
August 17,  2016