(Pictured left to right): Cindy Ladd, Jack Hockensmith, Tom McCarthy, Tom Davis, Dave Humphries, Tom Harris, Kris Smith, Laurie Woolley, Lori Gilbert, Bonnie Lewis, Transportation Director Ryan Dunn . Two drivers not pictured Ron Leone Sr. Ron Leone Jr.
More than a dozen Boardman school bus drivers took part in an extensive Advanced Driver Training Program June 19 and 20 held in Austintown. Boardman Schools Transportation Director Ryan Dunn, as well as two of Boardman’s On Board Instructors, Laurie Woolley and Tom Harris, taught some of the classes during the 2- day event. Hundreds of school bus drivers from across Ohio participated.
“The training combined classroom instruction as well as hands-on training,” said Boardman Transportation Director Ryan Dunn. “Drivers had a ‘smoke bus’ presentation, where they saw with the help of a smoke machine, what happens inside a bus during a fire and how to respond.”
An obstacle course called the ‘Parking Lot Surprise’ taught drivers how to maneuver when a car pulls out in front of them, or a person or animal darts out into the road. Other topics covered included student pickups and dropoffs, railroad crossings, rule changes, effective communication with students to keep them safe, and a presentation on transporting special needs children that included wheelchairs and service animals.