April 30, 2012
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For Immediate Release
Columbus – Stan Heffner, State Superintendent of public instruction, reminds Ohioans that Monday, May 7, 2012, is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Ohio.
“Safely transporting students to and from school is vital to education,” said Heffner. “The professionalism of Ohio’s 15,000 school bus drivers is why the school bus remains – by far – the safest way for students to get to school.
Ohio school bus drivers transport over 900,000 students daily, travelling 1 million miles per day to accomplish that task. At the same time, the school bus safety record is unsurpassed, greatly exceeding that of automobiles, commercial buses and even passenger trains,
To qualify to become a school bus driver in Ohio, an applicant must complete pre-service training and certified on-bus training, pass a driving evaluation and obtain a commercial driver’s license. In addition, drivers must pass pre-employment background and drug screenings. Drivers are required to be recertified every six years.
The Ohio Legislature designated the first Monday in May as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day to “increase public recognition of the important function that school bus drivers serve in safely transporting children to and from school.”
PIctured: Lancaster Bus Drivers who will Compete in the Central Ohio School Bus Skills Competition on May 5th.
Front R-L : Ken Heston, Brenda Kincaid, Jeanne Gregg, Jim Baechle
Rear R-L : Dan Binner, Kye Ross, Debbie West, Rob Specht
Mark Wilson will also compete.