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DeKalb County bus drivers protest over wages, outsourcing

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Several DeKalb County school bus drivers held a protest Tuesday outside the school district headquarters.

They're upset that the district hasn't given them a pay raise in years, that the county no longer helps pay for their health insurance and that district officials have been using an outside company to take students on field trips.

"We have to do background and criminal background checks," said Cathy Douglas, who's been driving a bus for DeKalb County for 10 years. "So if you're outsourcing everything, then who's going to be driving our children?"

Protesters said they want school officials to view bus drivers as important staff members.

"I kiss other people's children sometimes before I kiss my own," said Douglas. "I'm a nurse. I'm everything to those kids on the bus. My priority is their safety, and if that's important to me, it should be important to DeKalb County."

Protesters said they hope to sit down with DeKalb County school officials soon to discuss their concerns.

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