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Youngstown school bus drivers attend training session

Monday, August 8, 2016

YOUNGSTOWN — City school district bus drivers got a peek today at the systems to map out bus routes and enable parents to gauge when to send their children to the bus stop.

About 45 bus drivers attended a training session at Wilson Programs of Promise. The Ohio Department of Education decertified all district bus drivers when a review found incomplete driver and bus maintenance records as well as no documentation of driver training.

“We have to do what we have to do to come into compliance,” said Stephen Stohla, interim superintendent.

The district already has the software, but the ODE reviewers noted that it wasn’t being used because of a lack of training and outdated equipment.

Community Bus Service, which already buses city school students, provided training at no extra charge.

Transfinder produces bus routes and Zonar is a GPS system.

Harry Evans, the district’s chief of operations, explained that before a driver begins a route, he or she completes a series of checks, ensuring the bus is ready for the road. That information is sent to mechanics so it can be addressed.

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