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Will the buses be ready to roll? Bus drivers needed

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - They aren't magic school buses, but they are geared up and ready to go.

That's what Director of Transportation, Russell Curry says will happen Thursday morning.

"Walk around the bus to make sure head lights are on and the light systems are working fine. Go through the bus and check the seats, look for anything that's on the floors and check the lighting," added Curry.

All 266 buses have been checked--even passing the state  and local bus inspections.

Only two buses are completely out of commission because of engine troubles.

Curry says all of the other buses that had problems have been fixed and returned to the fleet. Now school officials are working on routes, which may change a great deal this year, because of the no child left behind act.

"We're still having to tweak routes and make some adjustments. We have to put in the numbers and make sure we balance out the number of students on each bus," adds Curry.

More than 14,000 students rode the bus to school last year.

The district expects even more this year. 

This year, the district recruited heavily to hire more bus drivers, but even now school officials tell me the district still needs about 15 to 20 more drivers.

"There will be a few delays on Thursday and Friday, especially for special transportation," says Curry.

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