FRISCO, Texas — School bus drivers and attendants from across the country convened here in late March to showcase their skills in the 18th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo.
Taking first place in the competition were driver Lisa Gadway and attendant Greg McGoff from Maine School Administrative District 49 in Fairfield, Maine.
Coming in second were Sharon Brown and Marion Pingel from Van Buren Intermediate School District in Lawrence, Michigan.
The third-place team was Ronnie Willoughby and Rhonda Vaughan from Santa Fe (Texas) Independent School District.
In the annual special-needs competition, participants are judged on such factors as driving a bus; loading and securing students in wheelchairs; student management; and emergency evacuation. The event also includes training and a written exam.
The roadeo is co-presented by the National Association for Pupil Transportation and STN Media Group. This year’s competition was held on March 21 in Frisco and was sponsored by Q’Straint and Sure-Lok.