Lee’s Summit R-7 School District bus drivers recently captured awards at the Missouri School Bus Safety Competition, sponsored by the Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation. The 43rd annual event was held June 20 and 21 at Bingham Middle School in Independence.
Six Lee’s Summit School District school bus drivers competed in the activity which showcased their individual and team skills and helped to develop their safe driving abilities. The drivers volunteered their time spending many hours in the weeks leading up to the contest practicing after summer school and during weekends.
The Lee’s Summit R-7 driving team consisted of Linda Bishop, David Lammers, Debra Piatt, Michael Sacher, Shelly Shumate and Jennifer Stuerke. Linda Bishop received a fourth-place trophy in the experienced driver division, and David Lammers won first place in the rookie driver division.
The team of Linda Bishop, David Lammers and Shelly Shumate received a third-place trophy for their combined team score. Fifty-three drivers from throughout the state participated in the competition after participating in regional events.
The following R-7 employees worked as judges at the event: Regina Hancock, R-7 safety instructor; Sandi Larsen, R-7 transportation assistant director; Tammy Myers, bus driver; and Adam Schwartz, safety instructor. Linda Thompson, transportation director, served as co-chair for the two-day event.