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The First Day going back to work Driving the Bus!
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Willy-N    Posted 08-27-2003 at 06:53:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I get to meet the School Kids today! This is my first day of driving the School Bus for the new year. Our road has been fixed this year. It is wider, nice Marcane put down for a better surface and the hill is being covered with Asphault! Won't know what to do on this new Freeway the Road Crew built last week from my drive way to the Lake where I drop the kids off. Mark H.


Sid    Posted 08-27-2003 at 20:44:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I lived in Spokane area I drove school bus for the Central Valley school district. I really enjoyed that job.


Jim WTx    Posted 08-27-2003 at 09:58:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My route leaves at 6:30 and covers mostly country roads and cotton fields. 73 students on the bus with about 10 new pre-k students. I hate those rainey days when the dirt roads get wet. Caliche roads get as slick as snot. I got to where I refuse to go down them when their wet.


Barb    Posted 08-27-2003 at 08:31:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My hat is off to you! I know it takes a lot of patience and steel nerves, especially in the winter to drive a school bus. We were lucky enough to have a great bus driver when the boys were growing up.


Willy-N Winter    Posted 08-27-2003 at 15:17:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I chain mine up for the whole winter. That way the other buses don't have to. The plow can't get up our road in time so I leave them on. Some times it is 1 ft deep of fresh stuff and can get hairy during the run. Only got stuck once in 6 years and just needed sand to get going it was ice on a hill that stopped the bus and the chains were off! Mark H.


Willy-N 1/2 Over    Posted 08-27-2003 at 07:44:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
My day is Haft Over now. The run took 25 minuits to do. Get paid for 1 1/2 hrs so it makes up for it. Only 3 kids this moring and one was mine. Road was nice!! Mark H.


Well my....    Posted 08-27-2003 at 07:15:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
hat is off to any of you who drive these school busses. I always reward my kids drivers with nice birthday and Xmas presents....I don't imagine too many people take the time to thank the bus drivers for the important job that they do. Clipper


Willy-N    Posted 08-27-2003 at 07:47:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
The run used to get on my nerves alot! After the big fire several of the familys that caused all the problems do not have a place to live in anymore. Now the rest of the kids are well maintained. Mark H.


Tom A    Posted 08-27-2003 at 07:01:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife drives a school bus, her first day was Monday. Our county went to a new schedule to try to fill the buses and save money...now one friend of hers has 75 *high school* kids on her bus! When she called the boss to say they wouldn't all physically fit, she was told "deal with it." Guess they got them busses full.

Wife says with the route changes, the week has been a real headache, with lines out the school parking lot literally miles long and kids getting delivered an hour late both ways. Her first kids now spend over an hour on her bus in the morning, and they're only about 2 miles from school. Guess that's progress!

good luck to ya this year!
tom


Cindi    Posted 08-27-2003 at 17:02:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I won't let my kids ride the bus for that reason right there. My kids kept complaining that they were packed in like sardines and some sitting and standing in the aisles, and if that environment don't breed contempt and bad humor on a hot afternoon nothing will so there were numerous fights and falling incidents, gum in hair, the list went on and on. I didn't believe it until I picked them up one afternoon and saw the bus on full, and everythig they said was true. How can that be safe?


Willy-N    Posted 08-27-2003 at 07:12:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got it real easy! 4 kids and a 5 mile round trip in the Country to a lake and back twice a day. I could not handle that many kids!!! Keep the Bus at home too. I am off and running now leave at 7:15 in the morning. Mark H.


Ron,Ar    Posted 08-27-2003 at 07:28:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have been going a week and a half now. First route leaves 5:55 AM and all are full. I drive a lot, but not every day. Some are a pleasure, some a royal pain. Good luck there.


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