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School Bus Operators Start Their Engines for Annual Roadeo

June 17, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - School bus operators will have their skills put to the test at the 28th Annual School Bus Roadeo. The annual event, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education, is scheduled to start at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 18 and runs through Thursday, June 19 at Cabell Midland High School in Ona, West Virginia.  

Drivers will face a simulated course of everyday bus routes and techniques. The contestants will be scored as to how they handle and maneuver a railroad crossing, driving in reverse, parking, pre-trip inspection, diminishing clearance, offset alley, as well as straight-line driving.  

“The School Bus Roadeo reveals to us the quality of bus operators we have in West Virginia,” said Wayne Clutter, Executive Director for the Office of School Transportation. “West Virginia bus operators face a different road conditions than drivers in other states and we continue to prove that we have some of the safest drivers in the nation.”  

Competition will be in different categories including large conventional, small conventional and transit-style buses.  

The winners will be eligible to participate in the Southeast Regional Competition, which is scheduled for June 24 at John Marshall High School in Glen Dale, W.Va. The international event is set to take place in July at Shea Stadium in New Jersey.  

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