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NHCS Celebrates School Bus Driver Appreciation Week February 9-13th

During the week of February 9-13, 2015, New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) will celebrate the NHCS Transportation Department as part of School Bus Driver Appreciation Week. The mission of the NHCS Transportation Department is to transport students to and from school safely, on schedule, and ready to learn.

“Transportation is a major component of the entire school operation and we appreciate our drivers and department members every day of the school year,” said Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley. “Transportation leadership works tirelessly collecting and analyzing transportation data to improve overall operational performance, ensuring that pupils are transported in the safest, most reliable, and economical manner.”

The NHCS Transportation Department has 174 regular school buses and 37 activity buses. These buses travel approximately 13,000 miles each day, transporting close to 12,000 students. Drivers have to maneuver through traffic regardless of road conditions and weather, while maintaining the conduct of the children on the bus in order to deliver their young passengers safely to class and extracurricular activities. They work from before sunrise until after sunset, making every reasonable effort to maintain their schedules. The Transportation Department strives to set forth a working environment whereby drivers, through teamwork, build relationships in our school system and in our community. Transportation personnel in New Hanover County Schools receive formal training to ensure development of professional drivers and mechanics who are fully dedicated to the accident-free transportation of all students.

For creative ways to show appreciation to your student’s school bus driver, visit the NHCS Pinterest page at https://www.pinterest.com/NewHanoverCoSch/.


Posted: 02/04/15