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Newport-Mesa Unified School District Bus Drivers Continue to Garner Acclaim in School Bus Safety Competitions
Posted 9/5/18

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) bus drivers continue a long-history of statewide and national, award-wining excellence in safety. At the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition this past summer, NMUSD Delegated Behind the Wheel Trainer Mr. Victor Garza placed first overall. This is Mr. Garza’s second international championship.

“I am proud to support classroom teachers by building relationships with students and setting the correct tone each day when transporting students to school,” said Victor Garza.

In past international competitions, Mr. Garza has placed second and fifth. In State competitions, he has amassed two first place wins, a second place finish, and a third place finish.

School Bus Cover Driver Francine Harms is another award-winning bus driver who received recognition earlier this year as an Orange County Classified Employee of the Year for her ability to manage bus routes, placement of students, mentoring drivers, maintaining records, and general office management. Francine is known for her charismatic personality that builds camaraderie, support, and success in the department.

In 2017, NMUSD school bus drivers Ricardo Sandoval, Juliann Scheafer, and Jason Greenberg won top honors at the Orange County School Bus Roadeo. Mr. Sandoval, won first place in the county and first place overall. Juliann Scheafer was awarded third place in the county. As a team, Ricardo, Juliann and Jason placed first countywide.

School Bus Safety Roadeos are held across the United States and require drivers to pass a written test prior to competing in the seven behind the wheel events. The emphasis throughout the competition is safety and by design, increases safety awareness. Various Roadeos occur throughout California, leading up to the statewide competition. Drivers that perform well at the state level are invited to compete at the International Roadeo competition. Part of NMUSD’s success in school bus safety roadeos can be attributed to the rigorous training program, ongoing education and testing that takes place within the district. 

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