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April 12, 2012 10:21 AM

Bus drivers call in sick after Merced high school district layoffs; students left without rides

Several Merced Union School District bus drivers and mechanics called in sick Thursday morning after being laid off, leaving an unknown number of students without rides to school. The drivers were among the 18 transportation positions cut Wednesday night by the district's board of trustees, who said the layoffs were necessary due to difficult financial times. Fifteen people were affected by the decision, while the three other positions cut had been vacant.

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