BCS Thanks School Bus Drivers
BCS Thanks School Bus Drivers
Posted on 02/14/2018
A hand-written sign reads "we love our bus drivers."A close-up of the side of a yellow bus that reads "Buncombe County."

 

Five school bus drivers sit together at a table, eating breakfast.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

During School Bus Driver Appreciation Week, BCS salutes the men and women who bring our students safely to and from school every day.

On Wednesday morning, the faculty and staff at Community High School laid out a hearty breakfast of biscuits and gravy, cupcakes, and coffee to thank bus drivers who bring students to Community from all six BCS high schools and Asheville High School.

“I see kids from everywhere in the district,” said Denise Roberts, who brings students to Community from the Reynolds District. “And I love to see them succeed. I still keep in contact with some of them. You see them 10 years down the road, and they tell you how good they’re doing. It makes you feel good.”

Principal Janet Greenhoe pointed out that the drivers know their students very well. In fact, they’re a lynchpin in each student’s eventual graduation. They make it possible for students without transportation to get to and from school, A-B Tech, and other job development programs. They also reward positive behavior on the bus by awarding Eagle Bucks, which students use to purchase snacks or other special treats at the school.

“Bus drivers aren’t just serving transportation needs,” Greenhoe said. “They are part of the support structure.”

Timothy Procter, a driver for Asheville High School, said students see his bus every school day, consistently, and he hopes that encourages them to cultivate consistency in themselves.
“The strong kids keep going, because they want to better themselves,” he said.

“That’s what I like about it,” said fellow AHS bus driver Paul Holt. “I’m helping them graduate.”

School Bus Driver Appreciation Week is part of the American School Bus Council’s Love the Bus campaign. For more information, visit www.ncbussafety.org/LovethebusNC.

Two school bus drivers get biscuits and gravy at Community High School.Two school bus drivers get biscuits and gravy at Community High School.

 


Our 2017-18 Bus Driver of the Year
By: Benjamin Rickert, Communications Department

During Bus Driver appreciation week, we remind our community of the 2017 Bus Driver of the Year! Mr. Charles “Marvin” Masters has been a bus driver for Exceptional Children at A.C. Reynolds High School since 2009. He accepted the Tracy Lea Calhoun Memorial Award and was honored by the Board of Education in June of 2017.

“He’s always the first to say ‘what do you need me to do,’” said Fonda Durner, BCS Director of Transportation. “His students love him and parents know their child is in good hands when Marvin is behind the wheel.”

A.C. Reynolds High Principal Doris Sellers explained that Mr. Masters works long days, starting at 5:30 a.m. until as late as 11:00 p.m. during athletic events, and even works to safely transport students on the weekends.

“Reynolds High School is a better place because of Marvin and his dedication and unselfishness to our students. Honestly, because of all he does, he is an ACRHS Hero to many of us,” she said.

The Tracy Lea Calhoun award is presented annually by the Asheville Oil Company and Smokey Mountain Heating & Air.

The following video contains excerpts from the June 1, 2017 Board of Education Regular Meeting, during which Mr. Masters was recognized.

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