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School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (2/26/20)

Ada, MN -- Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has declared today, February 26th to be School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. In his proclamation, Walz proclaims that “in darkness and in daylight, on dirt roads and multilane highways, from the rainy late spring to the frigid winter, Minnesota school bus drivers safely transport more than 760,000 students to and from school each day.”

Ada-Borup Transportation Director Shawn Roux says managing Minnesota’s rural roads in a school bus is no easy task.

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Nearly every school district in the state is facing a bus driver shortage. Even though the pay is good, as most districts pay more than $20 an hour, Roux says its hard to find people who are available to work the hours needed for the position.

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Transporting a bunch of energy filled young children might deter some, but Roux notes its actually the most rewarding part of the position.

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And the bus drivers take a lot of pride in getting the students home safely. With that being said, Roux is encouraging everyone else to avoid distractions as stop arm violations are on the rise again.

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Governor Walz also notes that as bookends to the student’s school day, school bus drivers also serve as mentors and can have a positive influence on a student’s educational experience.