Bus Driver of the Year and safe school bus drivers recognized
Oct. 8, 2019
James Krull was recognized as the 2018-2019 Pinellas County School Board Driver of the Year. Krull, who was recognized at Tuesday’s School Board meeting, began his career with the district as a school bus driver in 2011. He was selected based on numerous letters from supervisors, co-workers and teachers. Krull has a love and care for the students on his bus and goes the extra mile to ensure their bus ride is comfortable and safe.
The Driver Recognition for Outstanding Performance (DROP) program’s mission is not only to bring recognition to school bus drivers but also to heighten awareness in the community of the work that transportation specialists do each day. Under this program, eight drivers are awarded Compound Driver of the Month. Drivers are selected as a school bus driver of the month based on recommendations from co-workers, administrators, students, parents and the community. From those eight winners, a “PCSB Driver of the Month” is selected and they become eligible for recognition as the “PCSB Driver of the Year.”
The School Board also recognized 66 school bus drivers who have proven their driving abilities with ten or more years of safe driving. During School Bus Safety Week, all these drivers will be honored with a recognition luncheon, to be held on October 24, 2019. Twenty-seven of the drivers have 15 or more years of safe driving. Those drivers were presented certificates at today’s meeting.
The School Board also presented a proclamation in honor of National School Bus Safety Week, which is October 21-25, 2019. The national theme this year is "My School Bus, the Safest Form of Student Transportation!"
Each year PCSB school bus drivers travel over nine million miles and transport approximately 33,000 students safely to and from school each day. This also includes driving nearly 3,300 extracurricular trips each year. The district’s drivers carry up to 65 students on a ten-ton vehicle down some of Florida's most congested roads.
James Krull was recognized as the 2018-2019 Pinellas County School Board Driver of the Year.
Bus drivers with ten or more years of safe driving were honored at the School Board meeting.