October is School Bus Driver Appreciation Month. We have approximately 21 drivers at Lonoke Public School District that drive full-time or substitute drive as needed. We are also fortunate to have other personnel who hold a CDL endorsement to be able to drive and operate a school bus legally to transport students. Lonoke School District has 25 buses in operation with five activity buses that transport students to and from extracurricular activities throughout the school year. Our school bus drivers travel approximately 1,000 miles on a daily basis to transport student s to and from school. Drivers must take tests, that are both written and driving, to be able to drive. They must be able to identify equipment operations on the bus, what they do, and how to check them. Each driver must pass a drug screening that is conducted on a random basis.

Our drivers at Lonoke Public Schools have an excellent safety record. That is due to their careful attention to details on their bus, before and after trip inspections, and concern for the students that they transport daily. We are fortunate at our school district to have capable and responsible bus drivers that place the safety of the students first and take extra time and pre-cautions to ensure safety is a priority. Each year the bus drivers are required by law to attend professional development training on any new laws that pertain to transportation of students and new rules or requirements from the state department of transportation and our school district.

Please take a few moments to thank your school bus driver for working hard to get the students to and from school safety and to place the needs of the child first. We want to thank them for a job well done. The Lonoke School District would also like to thank the school board members for voting to purchase school bus radios on each bus so that we can communicate with all drivers and they can communicate among themselves if needed. These radios are already installed and have been such a help to the drivers, supervisors, and the administration. If a child gets on the wrong bus, doesn’t get on the bus at all, or if there is a bus concern or incident, the radios can contact support quickly. We are so proud of our radios to support communication efforts and safety at LPSD. Thank you to our school board!

The transportation department will be honored on Friday, Oct. 18, with a reception in the high school library. All personnel that drive a school bus are invited to attend. We also invite anyone that would like to come and show their support to our drivers, our mechanics that keep our buses in good working condition, and our transportation director and staff. The reception will begin at 2 p.m. We hope you can stop by for a moment to say how much you appreciate them.