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Tuesday, 23 December 2008 00:00

BROOKSVILLE, Fla.  — After 31 years of long split shifts, looking out for special needs students and going the extra mile for the kid that gets sick on the bus, school bus driver Shirley Price received a bit of much-deserved recognition as Hernando County Schools’ employee of the year.


Steve Daniels, supervisor for special needs transportation at the west Florida school district, said Price couldn’t believe it when she was nominated much less when her names was called out as the winner of the annual award during a November banquet.

But Daniels said he and the director of transportation, Linda Smith, felt Price deserved the honor. To Daniels, she exemplifies what it means to be a school bus driver. She looks out for both the kids on her route and her fellow drivers at the yard, leads efforts to make sure sick drivers always receive get-well cards and spearheads the civic-minded "Some One Cares" club.

"My father used to say, 'Anyone can drive a school bus, but you’ve got to work at being a school bus driver,'" he said.

According to Daniels, sometimes administrators don’t understand how important school bus drivers and school transportation is. When budgets get tight, they’re tempted to cut transportation, and that can be hard on drivers.

"Morale really needs to be recognized in these hard economic times," he said.

Honors like the one Price received, including a plaque and the distinction of helping to choose next year’s employee of the, year are a great start, he added.

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