The Lower Merion School District Transportation Department has enjoyed a busy summer filled with accolades after a pair of outstanding performances in both the State and International School Bus Safety Competitions.
At the beginning of the summer, seven LMSD drivers made their way to State College, Pennsylvania for the PA State School Bus Safety Competition where the team turned in a stellar all-around performance en route to capturing second place overall. The LMSD team's weekend was highlighted by driver Ted Dubbs, who claimed top honors in the individual Transit Bus Division.
The competition challenges the knowledge and skills of drivers in a series of events focusing on student safety, driver professionalism and service excellence. The competing drivers began the day by testing their knowledge of state laws and safety regulations in a written exam before hitting the road to navigate their buses through 11 events full of twists, turns and obstacles. Also representing the District at the state competition were drivers Beth McGowan (4th Place), John Welsh (5th Place), and Kim Bringhurst (9th Place).
With his state title-winning performance, Dubbs then advanced to the 47th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he once again put his knowledge and driving skills on display before ultimately earning third-place overall in the Transit Bus division.
The School Bus Driver International Safety Competition began in 1971 as the National School Bus Safety Road-eo and has continued annually ever since. The competition provides positive media coverage for the safety and security of the school bus industry.
Congratulations to Ted Dubbs and all of the participating members of the LMSD Transportation Department!