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The Missouri School Bus Drivers' Safety Competition was held June 16-17 at School of the Osage in Osage Beach.  Carol Woods and Tony Hatfield, co-chairs of the Safety Competition, would like congratulate all of the drivers who competed in the event, and to express their sincere appreciation to all of the judges and volunteers who worked so hard to put on the competition; to School of the Osage for hosting the event; to the MAPT Business Partners for their financial support; and to all who gave of their time, talent or resources in any way to make the competition possible.  Thanks, too, to the friends, families and co-workers who came out to cheer on the contestants.

 

And the winners are.....

 

ROOKIE

TRANSIT CLASS

 Maximum possible score

660

3rd place

James Wiles

Columbia Public Schools

201

2nd place

Dex Williams

Columbia Public Schools

287

1st place

Sarah Tackett

Lee's Summit School District

387

 

 

EXPERIENCED

TRANSIT CLASS

Maximum possible score

660

5th place

Rick Smith

Jackson R-2 Schools

526

4th place

Benny McDowell

Jackson R-2 Schools

547

3rd place

Lisa Russell

Jackson R-2 Schools

568

2nd place

Hannah Beard

Rockwood School District

573

1st place

Brenda Harris

Jackson R-2 Schools

592

 

 

ROOKIE

CONVENTIONAL CLASS

Maximum possible score

660

5th place

Becky Scharenborg

Jackson R-2 Schools

426

4th place

Christine Mackey

North Kansas City School District

443

3rd place

Donna Erhardt

Branson School District

447

2nd place

Douglas Little

Branson School District

451

1st place

Lawrence Hiles

Branson School District

479

 

 

EXPERIENCED

CONVENTIONAL CLASS

Maximum possible score

660

5th place

Lisa Laudel

Parkway School District

499

4th place

Dawn Southard

Springfield Public Schools

508

3rd place

Debra Piatt

Lee's Summit School District

520

2nd place

Mark Black

Springfield Public Schools

524

1st place

Mark Replogle

Springfield Public Schools

572

 

 

 

TOP TEAMS

Maximum possible score

1,980

5th place

Branson School District

Lawrence Hiles, Donna Erhardt and Douglas Little

1,377

4th place

Parkway School District

Greg Zemblidge, Lisa Laudel and Mark Keiser

1,402

3rd place

Springfield Public Schools

James Wilhite, Ann Marlin and Mark Replogle

1,418

2nd place

Springfield Public Schools

Amy Wells, Dawn Southard and Mark Black

1,482

1st place

Jackson R-2 Schools

Lisa Russell, Brenda Harris and Benny McDowell

1,707

 

To view individual scores, please click on the links below.

 

Transit Class- Rookie and Experienced                 Conventional Class - Rookie

 

Conventional Class - Experienced                           Team Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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"DRIVING DISTRACTED...and then it happened"

 

On January 18, 2011, a 6-year-old Callaway County, Missouri boy was run over and killed by his own school bus after getting off the bus at his home.  A Missouri State Highway Patrol report on the accident concluded that the bus driver did not wait long enough after the student got off to clear the area around the bus before he set the bus in motion again. 

One year to the day after the accident, the 78-year-old bus driver, who had pled guilty two months earlier to second degree involuntary manslaughter, was sentenced to four years in prison.  However, the judge suspended the sentence, and placed the driver on five years' probation.  He cannot drive any vehicle, let alone a school bus, and must perform 100 hours of community service, speaking to area bus drivers about school bus safety.  The victim's grief-stricken parents did not want to see the driver spend time behind bars.  Instead, they wanted to use the tragedy to educate bus drivers and riders on the potential hazzards so that no other family would have to suffer the loss of a child.  Members of the victim's family said the case was not about revenge, but about preventing something like this from happening again.

The Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation (M.A.P.T.) in cooperation with the Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) has produced a video about the North Calloway accident, entitled "DRIVING DISTRACTED...and then it happened." 

M.A.P.T. wishes to thank the MSBA for allowing us to post a link to the video, as a means of educating school bus professionals and the general public of the possible tragic consequences of distraced driving. 

To view the video, click here



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