Rollins is now a member of a group of three West Virginia school bus drivers to have ever received the first place award. In addition to Rollin's top honor, Billy Wiseman and Brian Newhouse of Kanawha County Schools finished close behind him in third and fourth places respectively.
On the first day of the competition, over 100 contestants began with a written exam testing their understanding of the rules of the road. The next day, drivers got behind the wheel of a school bus and competed on a road course.
"The safety competition is our best event of the year as it recognizes the outstanding drivers that transport children safely every day," said Tim Flood, NSTA President. "School buses are the safest form of transportation available and this record is in large part because of the industry's top priority of training and attention to safety. These top competitors really are the best of the best from across the United States and Canada and we are honored to sponsor this competition each year."
The School Bus Driver International Safety Competition is one of the most important events for the student transportation industry. To be eligible, contestants must be accident free for one year prior and have won first or second place in the state or province (Canada) contest.
"We applaud Mr. Rollins and the achievement of such a prestigious award," said WVBE President Gayle Manchin. "Our school bus drivers face challenging road conditions and we entrust them with a great deal of responsibility for transporting our children to school safely. Mr. Rollins sets the standard for the school transportation industry."
"As a conscientious and skilled bus driver, Ed Rollins is very deserving of this award and we appreciate what he does for our students and what he has done to represent West Virginia," said Mike Pickens, executive director for the West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) Office of Transportation. "West Virginia has the best equipment, maintenance, drivers and safety record in the country."
For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the WVDE Office of Communication at (304) 558-2699.