Bus drivers have fun while focusing on safety for this upcoming school year

Fayette County

Ever heard of the saying, ‘this ain’t my first rodeo?’ For some bus drivers in Fayette County, this may just be their first.

This was the first time Fayette County Schools have put on a bus rodeo in years. The bus rodeo focuses on safety on the roads, and when it comes to driving a bus, safety is the top priority. 

Fayette County bus driver, Billy Smith, told 59 News it is not an easy job because how a person drives can affect a school bus full of children.

“When you got thirty kids behind you talking hollering screaming, then you’ve got all the people on the road to watch, it’s a very important and safe job,” Smith said.

Fayette County schools rounded up all of their bus drivers at the J.W. & Hazel Ruby West Virginia Welcome Center at Summit Bechtel Reserve. As some drivers had the summer away from the wheel, Fayette County bus driver, Faye DeQuasie, said it was time to refresh their memories. 

“Just getting behind the wheel again, getting familiar. All the buses are different so just driving a different bus and seeing how it works,” DeQuasie said.

The bus rodeo consisted of a number of obstacles and situational courses. Each driver is timed and graded for their overall performance.

While the bus rodeo was meant for bus drivers to practice safe driving, Fayette County School Administrator, David Warvel, said it was also meant for them to have a little fun.

“I think they enjoy doing something a little bit different, and they kind of have to sharpen their skills because now they’re in front of their peers. Talk is one thing but driving is a whole another.” Warvel said. 

Those who scored in the top nine will have the opportunity to compete in the State Bus Rodeo. 

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