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Begging for bus drivers for Malheur County schools

Kypp Armstrong, a mechanic for the Vale School District, is often behind the wheel to help bus students because of a lack of drivers. Districts around the county struggle to find enough people to be bus drivers. (The Enterprise/MADISON SCOTT)

Julie Holt, the transportation supervisor for the Vale School District, sometimes has to let the office phone ring.

That’s because she’s behind the wheel of a school bus, filling in on a route and helping move about 450 students to Vale schools each day.

And in Ontario, the two mechanics in the bus barn at the Ontario School District sometimes aren’t around to make repairs.

They’re out serving as substitute bus drivers.

The shortage of bus drivers, a fact for school systems across the U.S., has become . . .