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Published October 08, 2011, 09:40 AM

Bus Drivers Rare in North Dakota's Oil Patch, Schools Say

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Calling all bus drivers: School districts in North Dakota's oil patch are hurting for your help.

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Calling all bus drivers: School districts in North Dakota's oil patch are hurting for your help.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/ruOZBJ) that some schools are having trouble filling bus-driving jobs. The Watford City School District has 20 rural families scrambling daily to get their kids to school. Killdeer Public Schools had to cancel a junior high football game Tuesday because there was no driver to haul the students to the opposing team's turf.

Killdeer Superintendent Gary Wilz says he's been advertising for drivers for months and is still "scrambling."

School officials say people don't like driving kids on roads that are heavily traveled by semi trucks and other oil traffic, not only because the road activity is nerve-racking, but because the roads themselves are in such tough shape.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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