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School bus drivers are paid to drive, but when the buses aren't working, drivers are paid to park themselves in a holding pattern.

That's what documents obtained by FOX 13 show was happening in Hillsborough County toward the end of the school year.

"When you have old buses, which we do, and a shortage of buses that causes problems in terms of buses breaking down, problems with mechanics too busy so they can't fix those buses that are broken down, so the shortage has this ripple effect, one of which is what you are describing," says Hillsborough County schools spokesperson Steve Hegarty.

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"We anticipate when we get some buses in that's going to fix a lot of the problems we're describing here," said Hegarty.

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