Hood River County School District’s bus drivers — around 24 of them, not counting the two mechanics who also drive when needed — lost a lot of work in the past year.

With school buildings closed, kids didn’t need to be picked up or dropped off. Drivers picked up hours delivering lunches, painting, weeding and cleaning, interim Transportation Supervisor Ed Drew said.

Tammy Ambers

Tammy Ambers checks her bus before heading out April 27.