The Lower Merion School District Transportation Department recently fielded a team of 14 drivers to compete in the 44th Annual Montgomery-Bucks School Bus Safety Competition, where they performed exceedingly well, besting 11 other competing districts en route to capturing first place overall.
Commonly referred to as the "Road-eo," 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 pavement to navigate their buses through 13 events full of twists, turns and obstacles.
Along with the first-place overall finish, a record number of seven LMSD drivers performed well enough to qualify for the state-level competition, which will take place in State College, PA in June.
Adding to his legacy of success, which includes several local and state titles, along with a second-place finish in the International Bus Safety Competition, John Welsh once again earned top honors in this year's individual competition. Ken Warren, a new driver to LMSD, also won the individual competition for first-time competitors.
Congratulations to all of this year's competitors and best of luck in the State Competition!
John Welsh (1st Place) *
Beth McGowan (5th place) *
Steve Hallman (8th place) *
Deena Frustaci (9th place) *
Ken Warren (10th place) *
Ted Dubbs (13th place) *
Kim Bringhurst (17th place) *
Eric Carroll (18th place)
Kathy Zadroga (19th place)
(* denotes qualifying for State Competition)