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They’re tops at bus stops

Caledonia — District bus drivers won first place for the third consecutive year at the regional 58th annual Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation School Bus Roadeo competition held at Caledonia High School. 

Bus drivers from top-performing schools in the region came together on Saturday, May 20 for events to test them on their behind-the-wheel abilities, including vehicle handling, judgment of distance and clearance, and overall safe driving practices. 

Participants also completed a written test and navigated through a course of cones, simulating student loading and unloading, and handling of emergency scenarios. 

Out of the 14 drivers representing Caledonia’s transportation department, eight finished in the top 20, and four drivers placed in the top five. 

The district’s top 4 regional competitors will be eligible to attend the state competition on June 10th at Baldwin Street Middle School in Hudsonville.  

Michaellita Fortier, CCS transportation director, said the district’s school bus drivers gave an outstanding performance this year.

“Their knowledge and skill in driving, along with their dedication to safety, is evident in their success in the competition,” she said. 

Caledonia Community Schools bus drivers won first place for the third consecutive year at the 58th annual MAPT School Bus Roadeo regionals held at Caledonia High School (courtesy)

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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