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Boardman school bus drivers navigate advanced training course

June 27, 2019
The Town Crier

More than a dozen Boardman school bus drivers took part in an extensive Advanced Driver Training Program June 18 and 19 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 two-day event. Hundreds of school bus drivers from across Ohio participated.

"The training combined classroom instruction as well as hands-on training," said 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 drop-offs, 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.

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School bus drivers from Boardman Local School District, along with Transportation Supervisor Ryan Dunn took part in a two-day advance training program to sharpen their driving and emergency response skills. Pictured are 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. and Ron Leone Jr.



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