KCSOS bus driver tops in county
When it came to driving a school bus, Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) school bus driver Damon Anglin was the best in the county at the California Association of School Transportation Officials (CASTO) Chapter 12 School Bus “Roadeo” held on March 17 in Bakersfield. He had the highest score overall among Kern County drivers, 360 points, and earned top driving honors in the large bus category (29 feet or longer). Greenfield Union School District earned the overall county team title.
School district bus drivers from Kern and other surrounding counties in central California took part in the morning long competition held at the KCSOS Schools Service Center. Drivers had to maneuver their way through seven events testing their ability to negotiate obstacles and situations they might encounter everyday transporting children to and from school. Each event was worth 50 points. The activities simulate testing drivers go through to obtain a California school bus driver’s license.
Winning drivers can compete in the CASTO Southern Sectional, April 28 at Orange County Great Park. The state championship will be held May 27 at the California Highway Patrol Academy in Sacramento.
While the competition was entertaining, it also underscored the safety training required of all school bus drivers.
2012 CASTO Chapter 12 School Bus Roadeo Results
Kern County Team Champion
(School District, Driver Names)
1st — Greenfield Union School District – Julie Johnson, Claudia Lawson and Peggy Weir
2nd — KCSOS – Damon Anglin, Cesar Zepeda and Diana Medrano
3rd — Kern High School District – Jenny Fisher, Kelly Owen and Deb Richardson
Out of County
1st — Student Transportation of America (Santa Maria) Team 1 – Stephanie Oliver, Carol Bartlett and Mallory Gray
2nd — Student Transportation of America (Santa Maria) Team 2 – Frank Vega, Monique Sandoval and Jana Graham
3rd — Lake Elsinore Unified School District Team 1 – Kelly Semintal, Kelly Laponsey and Wanda Mahley-MacKenzie
Category A (buses longer than 29 feet)
(Driver’s Name, School District)
1st — Damon Anglin, KCSOS
2nd — Julie Johnson, Greenfield Union School District
3rd — Scott Holloway, Kern High School District
4th — Andrew Evans, Greenfield Union School District
5th — Jorge Hernandez, Bakersfield City School District
Category B (buses shorter than 29 feet)
1st — Dianna Stanley, Kern High School District
2nd — Stephen Watanabe, Panama-Buena Vista Union School District
3rd — Ronald Wayne, Panama-Buena Vista Union School District
Out of County A and B Combined
1st — Stephen Oliver, Student Transportation of America (Santa Maria)
2nd — Jay Patten, Student Transportation of America (Santa Maria)
3rd — Brent Carmen, Morgan Hill Unified School District