The Transportation Department at Oregon City School District has some very dedicated employees. In the department they have over 750 years of bus driving experience with multiple employees having well over 20 years of seniority. Being a bus driver takes true talent and dedication, but it can be very rewarding as well.
Here is a small showcase of some of our districts fine, caring and compassionate drivers.
Cindy Liberty - Driving for the District since 1981
"I love interacting with the special needs kids on my bus. Each one is unique and no matter what kind of day I am having they always find a way to make me smile"
It takes a special person to become a school bus driver. A combination of unlimited patience, nerves of steel, and protective guardian, these dedicated people rise early each morning to safely transport their precious passengers to school.
As put by our driver Cindy Peterson, "No one loves their baby like they do (parents), but it's our job to get them to and from school as safely as possible."
Becoming a bus driver in Oregon City requires:
- Clean Driving Record
- Criminal Background Check
- First Aid Certified
- Annual or Bi-annual physical test (depending on age)
- Ongoing Training and Classes
- Class B Commercial Drivers License
- Passenger and Air brake Endorsement
Our drivers begin by having a current state drivers license and a clean driving record. They are fingerprinted, as are all district employees, and a criminal background check is done. A current First Aid card is a requirement which they carry with them at all times.
The National Highway Safety Administration states: "The Record is impressive: American students are nearly eight times safer riding in a school bus than with their own parents and guardians in cars." Yearly, 450,000 school buses travel more than 4.3 billion miles to transport 23.5 million children. In Oregon City, our awesome school bus drivers safely travel 5,218 miles transporting 4,245 children to and from school daily. These students ride 40 regular education routes and 20 special needs routes. Last year in addition to home to school operations, the transportation department covered 851 field trips. So far this school year our department has covered 257 field trips. To ensure consistency Oregon City's Transportation Department is transitioning from using bus numbers to route numbers. A place card at the entrance door of each bus identifies the route the bus will be traveling. Buses used on routes will change from time to time but route numbers will stay the same. The installation of VersaTrans (our new routing system) is complete; however, transportation's routing specialist continues the hard work of fine-tuning the data. The program is being used for schedule change and route realignment studies.
Oregon City School District is an equal opportunity educator and employer.