Mylan Park hosts annual School Bus Road-e-o

MORGANTOWN — From grade school through high school, transportation can be an issue for families who require assistance getting their child to and from school.

As the first day of summer approaches, preparations for the upcoming school year began in a fun but serious way for county drivers.

Staff Development Training for Transportation Staff held their School Bus Road-e-o at Mylan Park. The two day competition consists of around 70 bus drivers who get to show off their skills and learn more about the obstacles they may face while driving in the region.

The event is made up of various training courses, loading and unloading procedures. Such as “Instead of just being in a classroom, we thought it would be good to have a hands-on course for drivers to face challenges they face while out there,” said Deborah Garrisonstaff, staff development coordinator.

“The event so far has had a real positive feedback.”

Although the event previously took place awhile ago, Deborah and colleague, George Rinehart decided to bring back the tradition.

The bus drivers faced challenges such as: Railroad crossing, parallel parking, and other training procedures.

Ed Rollins, the national Road-e-o winner in 2014, was a key part in making the event possible.

“Ed was a huge part in the success we’ve had with coordinating the event. He was able to help out with the hands-on experience, and we really thank him for that.

We really appreciate the support from all of the vendors and staff members who have helped to make the event possible,” said Garrison.

The state Road-e-o will be held June 26 and 27th in Summersville.

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