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February 11, 2010  |   Comments (3)   |   Post a comment

Veteran bus driver to retire


ASHLAND, Ill. — School bus driver Nancie Klein, who turns 81 on Sunday, will retire this week after serving students at A-C Central Unified School District (CUSD) #262 for nearly 39 years.

Formerly involved in farming, Klein’s career as a school bus driver began when she was looking for a part-time job while one of her three children was in high school, The State Journal-Register reports.

“A friend said, ‘You could never drive a school bus,’ and I thought, if I can drive a farm truck, I can drive a school bus,” Klein told the news source.

Klein has transported several generations of kids since taking on that challenge in Sept. 1971, including former students’ children and grandchildren, and has taken an active interest in their lives.

She told The State Journal-Register that she will miss the routine and the children.

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that is really cool- I have been driving since '79 and everything from type A to type D and charter bus. Often wonder how many miles that I have clocked congradulations and have a great retiremnet from a california colleague\ dana

dana fairchild    |    Feb 18, 2010 02:10 PM

Nancie, Thank you for your dedication to your district and to the students. May you have a long, healthy, and happy retirement. Rich Director of Transportation Cicero School District #99

Rich Grindel    |    Feb 16, 2010 09:09 AM

I was dared to drive a school bus when I was 18 years old, I had the correct license, but had never driven a bus, tried it, didn't hit any curbs or cars, I liked it, have been driving bus ever since, 34 years ago, I love it!! I also teach others to drive buses, my bachelors degree in teaching wasn't a complete waste!!!

Deb Zuidema    |    Feb 12, 2010 05:31 PM

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