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OHS Band Unable to Attend Friday Football Game Due to Bus Driver Shortage

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NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The staff shortage isn't just affecting the classrooms in Odessa. Now, the band can't travel.

The Odessa High School Band was supposed to go with the football team to San Angelo this Friday for their game against San Angelo Central.

The band needs six buses to take them.

But the already thin fleet of drivers can't swing that and complete their afternoon routes.

District officials blame the oil boom, which is a bittersweet problem.

"It's great for the local economy that we're in this economic growth right now but it does make things a little bit harder right now for the school. Just the number of drivers is a problem," OHS Band Director, Bill Harden, said.

Right now, the Ector County School District is 35 drivers short.

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