Loveland bus drivers who qualified for the state competition included Len Whitling (fourth place), Rachel Patton (fifth place), Transportation Director Greg Osie, Lorie Stulz (third place), and Valerie Daugherty (second place).

Four bus drivers place in top six for region

Loveland, Ohio – Out of the 11 Loveland drivers who participated in the Regional BUS ROAD-E-O, four drivers placed in the top six – Valerie Daugherty, Lorie Stulz, Len Whitling, and Rachel Patton; these drivers moved on to the State ROAD-E-O competition at Licking Heights High School in Pataskala.

“Our drivers put a great deal of personal time and effort into practicing for this competition; it is a testament to how much they care about the safety of our students,” said Loveland Transportation Director Greg Osie. “I am so proud of them working as a team and helping one another become successful! It is great being part of a wonderful group of drivers.”

The school bus ROAD-E-O was developed to promote safety, professionalism, and recognition. Every year the state of Ohio along with other states participate. Ohio has eight regions and Loveland participates in the Southwest Region. Contestants take a written exam and a driving skills test. The driving skills test consist of drivers being scored on right hand turns, pickup and drop-off procedures, railroad crossing procedures, offset driving, backwards serpentine and depth perception.

This year’s Regional ROAD-E-O had 71 registered contestants. In addition to the individual awards, Loveland placed second overall as a team.

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