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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: MAY 14, 2008


North Carolina's best school bus drivers will be in Raleigh tomorrow morning to compete for top honors as the state's best school bus drivers. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. below the grandstand at the State Fairgrounds Midway with the actual competitions getting underway at 10 a.m.

The 2008 School Bus Driving Competition (ROADeo) features drivers from across the state competing in a variety of driving skills competitions, including Diminishing Clearance, Backing, Right Turn and Parallel Parking. The top ten winners from each of five regional competitions are vying for a $1,000 first place prize and the right to represent North Carolina at the International School Bus Driving Competition in Calgary, Alberta, Canada this summer.

This year's competition also marks the 10-year anniversary of the Special Needs Transportation ROADeo. It is being held concurrent with the state finals and features ten bus driver/safety assistant teams. These teams compete in a driving competition featuring obstacles such as Railroad Crossing and Backing, but also must demonstrate the unique skills required for wheelchair loading, student management, etc.

Winning top honors in the 2007 finals of the state driving competition was Sharon Miller from Davie County Public Schools. The driver/safety assistant team of Matthew Monk and Tonya McNeil from Wake County Public Schools won the 9th annual Special Needs ROADeo.

The North Carolina Pupil Transportation Association, the Division of Motor Vehicles and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Transportation Services Section sponsor the ROADeo. For more information please contact the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.