CHARLESTON, W.Va. – School bus drivers across West Virginia are getting in gear for the 36th annual 2011 West Virginia School Bus Safety ROAD-E-O.
The event, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Wheeling, provides an opportunity for school bus operators to demonstrate their skills in bus handling. About 100 drivers from across West Virginia will compete for prizes with drivers from other county districts. Drivers selected to participate must not have had a preventable accident for the year. Pre-trip testing will take place on day one. Day two will test the driver’s driving ability. The drivers will compete in three different classifications of buses, including large conventional, small conventional and transit.
Drivers will face a simulated course of everyday bus routes and techniques. The contestants will be scored on how well they handle and maneuver a railroad crossing, driving in reverse, parking, pre-trip inspection, diminishing clearance, offset alley, as well as straight-line driving. State winners in each of three divisions will receive $150 and a $250 travel stipend to compete in the 2011 School Bus Driver International Safety Competition to be held in Baltimore July 16 and 17.
“West Virginia bus operators face more difficult road conditions than drivers in most other states,” said state Superintendent Jorea Marple. “Events like the bus roadeo showcase the skills of our drivers and reinforces that we have some of the safest drivers in the nation.”
West Virginia school buses travel more than 41 million miles each year, transporting about 230,000 students each day to school safely and reliably. Across the country, school buses provide more than 10 billion passenger trips each year.
“School bus transportation is the safest way to get children to school each day,” Marple said. West Virginia’s record of getting students to and from school in a dependable and safe manner is impeccable thanks to our drivers, mechanics and trainers.”
For more information, contact the Office of School Transportation at 304-558-2711, or the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.
--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called “Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.
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