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NEWS RELEASES 2005-06 :: MAY 9, 2006


This Wednesday, school bus drivers from across the state will gather at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh to demonstrate their skill and professionalism at the annual School Bus Driving Competition. Two competitions make up the School Bus Driving Competition: the State ROADeo Finals and the Special Needs Transportation ROADeo. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. near the Grandstand.

At the State ROADeo Finals, 50 school bus drivers will participate in final testing and driving competitions to be the state’s top school bus driver. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and will represent North Carolina in the national school bus driving competition to be held this summer in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Contestants in this competition advanced to the finals by placing in the top 10 of a regional competition.

In the Special Needs Transportation ROADeo, up to 12 teams – each comprised of a school bus driver and a school safety attendant – will compete in driving skills and demonstrate their student management and care giving skills. Students that ride the buses driven by these drivers often travel in wheel chairs, use specialized equipment or require special medical care. The winners in this competition will share a $500 prize and will represent North Carolina at the national competition being held in March 2007 in Louisville, Ky.

For more information about the School Bus Driving Competition, please contact the NCDPI’s Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.