INDIANAPOLIS — Top pupil transporters converged here over the weekend to test their skills in the 12th National Special-Needs Team Safety Roadeo.
The event, held Friday through Sunday at Decatur Intermediate Learning Center, judged school bus driver-attendant duos in driving and backing a bus; loading, unloading and securing students in wheelchairs; and special-needs evacuation. Competitors also took a written test prior to the roadeo.
Sixteen teams competed. Here are the top three:
In addition to the competitive aspect of the roadeo, participants were offered several professional development sessions, which covered emergency evacuation, wheelchair securement and problem solving.
The roadeo is a collaborative effort of Edupro Group and the National Association for Pupil Transportation. It is hosted by the Transporting Students With Disabilities & Preschoolers conference.
The 13th National Special-Needs Team Safety Roadeo will be held in Orlando, Fla., March 5-7, 2010.
For more information, go to www.eduprogroup.com.