SELLERSBURG, Ind. (AP) -- Southern Indiana school districts facing a shortage of bus drivers have increased the starting pay in hopes of luring more people to apply for the jobs.

The News and Tribune reports that the Greater Clark and West Clark school districts and the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. have increased driver pay in recent years to attract more candidates willing to ferry students to and from schools.

Rick Cathcart is the assistant director of transportation for the New Albany-Floyd County district. He says finding interested candidates who can pass a drug test, a physical and are willing to go through the requirements and endorsements necessary can be tricky. But he says that once drivers are hired, they tend to stick around for a long time.

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