Antonio Perez of San Dieguito Union High School District, a winner at the national level last year, places first at this year's California state school bus driver competition. Brent Carman, who has won national championships multiple times, places third.
Charles Mantie places first at the annual North Carolina State School Bus Roadeo. The Jones County Public Schools driver earns the distinction after navigating a school bus through an obstacle course that tested drivers' skills in mastering a diminishing clearance, backing, making a tight turn and parallel parking.
Drivers from around the state will participate in the 42nd Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition, which is scheduled to be held in Valley Cottage, N.Y., on May 18. Officials say the 125 participants will take a written exam and then test their skills on a road course.
Myra Walstead and Jesse Hill from Academy School District 20 take first place in the annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo. The runner-up teams hail from Georgia and California.
Austin, who passed away on Jan. 7 after a long battle with cancer, led the creation of an innovative joint-powers school transportation agency in California and later imparted his knowledge and passion to school bus driver instructors with the state Department of Education. California state director Anna Borges discusses Austin’s contributions to pupil transportation.
Drivers from around the nation participate in the 42nd Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition. Mark Koelbl of First Student in Alberta places first in the Conventional Bus category, Antonio Perez of San Dieguito Union High School District in California takes top honors in the Transit Bus category and Russell Altizer of Montgomery County Public Schools in Virginia wins first place in the Small Bus category.
Six drivers from operations around the state will head to Milwaukee this weekend to participate in the 42nd Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition. They will complete a written exam before showcasing their skills in one of three categories in a driving competition.
Bus driver Kenny Moss and attendant Laura Lietch of Fulton County Schools in Fairburn, Ga., place first in the 15th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo, scoring 885 points out of a possible 1,002 points. Teams from Syracuse, N.Y., and Canton, Ga., take second and third place, respectively.
Tom Marty and Luc Ouellet take home the Top Service Technician awards at the 2011 Navistar Service-Technician Rodeo after going head-to-head with other commercial bus and service technicians in a series of 13 simulations designed to test technical skills and speed.
The association’s Special Needs Training Program will be available throughout the year at various events around the country. The curriculum explores such issues as the legal basis for special-needs transportation, and activities include observation of or participation in a special-needs roadeo and attendance at a trade show featuring special-needs products and services.
Workshops at the Transporting Students With Disabilities event focus on developing staff and students. School bus drivers and attendants compete in the special-needs roadeo.
Bomb threats. A bus stalling on train tracks. Even a spider outbreak? A veteran transportation director discusses the challenges and the excitement of a career in the school bus industry — along with some fascinating anecdotes.
More than 100 school bus drivers from 34 states and one Canadian province vied for the top spot in three categories during the annual event over the weekend. Pennsylvania's Larry Hannon earned his seventh competition win.