Here’s the press release from the Buncombe County School System:
Approximately 790,000 children ride more than 13,000 school buses each school day in North Carolina. To recognize the excellence of our state’s school bus drivers and their accomplishments, Governor Beverly Perdue has proclaimed February 13-17, 2012, as “School Bus Driver Appreciation Week.”
School bus drivers in Buncombe County travel 15,100 miles, transporting 16,600 students in 290 school buses each day on the way to and from schools in the City of Asheville and throughout the 660 square miles of Buncombe County.
Says Transportation Director Terry Hess, “The goal of each person involved in pupil transportation is to provide safe and reliable transportation to children, and we must always stay focused on this goal. I would like to thank all of our drivers for their service and dedication in transporting children to and from school. I commend all of our drivers for their skill behind the wheel, and praise them for their safety record.”
Please join us in saluting school bus drivers for the professional service provided each school day, and for reminding us that a school bus is the safest mode of transportation available to our state’s most valuable resource–our children.