Searcy School District along with schools nationwide observed 2018 National School Bus Safety Week this past week. The National Association for Pupil Transportation says that this special week is an “active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety.”
Each year, the theme is determined from the previous year’s poster contest winner. The 2018 theme was “My Driver—My Safety Hero.” Often, bus drivers are the first and last school employees that our students see. Each bus transports approximately 50 students on both morning and afternoon routes, and the total number of students transported daily is about 1200. At present, Searcy School District employees 43 bus drivers, runs 27 regular routes, and owns a fleet of 43 total buses. Bus safety is truly a community effort as our department and drivers depend on motorists to follow school bus safety road laws.
Searcy School District welcomes individuals to apply as substitute bus drivers, and the district will ensure the training is provided. Any interested party may contact Transportation Director Denise Twisdale at 501-268-6954. Bus drivers truly carry precious cargo each and every day, and we are thankful for their commitment to students’ safety and well-being. We encourage the community to thank a bus driver when given the opportunity!