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Staff column: Bus drivers are asset to our community


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By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

I have lived a number of places in my life, worked for two school districts directly, and as a consultant to a number of them in various parts of the country. Nowhere, have I ever seen such professionalism, that is displayed by the bus drivers who operate the big yellow vehicles than in the Carbon School District, even in very large metropolitan school districts.

Over the years I have done a number of stories on the district's bus operation for this newspaper, and I have always found everyone involved to be as good as any I have seen anywhere I have gone. But as we all know, what people say and what they do sometimes can be two different things. A good front or public relations campaign cannot make up for poor service, bad attitudes or poor management.

In the case of Carbon District drivers, they do what they say. And from a public perspective their drivers are some of the best in the state. Their courtesy with the public on the roads is outstanding.

Example? Let me give you one.

I head to work each morning on Carbonville Road. With the construction, going on that road has been a challenge for everyone this fall. Each morning, there are the bus drivers picking up students on this torn up and orange barreled route. Along that road and others I have seen, they do something I have never seen school bus drivers do before. When they are done picking up the kids and their flashing lights are turned off, they pull over to the curb almost immediately and let the drivers who stopped for them pass. And they do it at every stop.

There is nothing more frustrating as a motorist than following a school bus down a busy road where they stop every block to pick up students. Often on these kinds of roads there is no passing even when the flashing lights are turned off. But Carbon District drivers make it easy for motorists to be on the road with them, by allowing all to proceed after the warning lights go off. All the while they keep safety in mind.

The school district should be proud of their drivers and their transportation department.

We as a community are so lucky to have such professionals in our midst.

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