CYPRESS TEXAS — CFISD school bus drivers, technicians and inspectors placed in the CFISD School Bus Safety Road-e-o, held April 6 at the Eldridge Transportation Center.

Bus driver Jessica Otwell of the Westgreen Transportation Center won her third consecutive regular ed competition in the event, which includes 12 competitive events and a written exam.

Helen Nixon of the Eldridge Transportation Center was the regular ed runner-up, followed by Bill Warner of the Eldridge Transportation Center and fourth-place finisher Austin Baker of the Barker Transportation Center.

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Director of Transportation Dr. Kayne Smith, center, congratulates attendant Pam Bokemeyer, left, and driver Linda Hair for finishing first in the Special Needs School Bus Road-e-o on April 6 at the Eldridge Transportation Center.

In the Special Needs School Bus Road-e-o, driver Linda Hair and attendant Pam Bokemeyer of the Eldridge Transportation Center, placed first. The runners-up were Jonathan Colindras and Shelley Johnson of the Eldridge Transportation Center. The third-place team was Carol Moore and Alyce Ware of the Barker Transportation Center.

The drivers qualified for the Gulf Coast Association for Pupil Transportation School Bus Safety Road-e-o competition on Saturday, April 27 at the Spring ISD Transportation Center.

The top four from the regional competition will advance to compete at the 46th annual Texas Association for Pupil Transportation Conference and Trade Show, to be held June 28-July 2 in Dallas.

“This event is always an exceptional opportunity for our Cy-Fair ISD bus drivers and attendants to show their driving skills,” said Dr. Kayne Smith, director of transportation. “Many of the events, such as straight-line, offset alley, railroad crossing, and others are actual situations our drivers may face on a daily basis.

“It is an exciting opportunity to invite the community to watch our drivers and attendants put their skills to the test. Safety is our priority, and this event promotes and enhances skills for our employees.”

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Kevin Kurtz of the Telge Transportation Centerwon first place in the Best Technician competition of the CFISD School Bus Safety Road-e-o on April 6.

For the first time, the Road-e-o included a technician and inspection competition, called Cy-Fair’s Best, during which technicians identified different mechanical faults on a bus in order to demonstrate their knowledge in the repair and maintenance of school buses.

Kevin Kurtz of the Telge Transportation Centerwon first place in the Best Technician competition, followed by runner-up Matthew Hubertus of the Barker Transportation Center.

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Clyde Alvarado of the Barker Transportation Center placed first in the Best Inspector competition of the CFISD School Bus Safety Road-e-o.

In the Best Inspector competition, Clyde Alvarado of the Barker Transportation Centerplaced first, followed by runner-up Axel Delgado (Barker) and third-place Geoffrey Lane (Barker).

These winners will compete in the Texas Best Competition in Waco in July, then at America’s Best in Columbus, Ohio, in November.

In total, 26 regular ed bus drivers participated in the competition in addition to five special needs teams, three technicians and two inspectors.

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Drivers competed in a series of events including Back-Up Alley at the CFISD School Bus Safety Road-e-o on April 6.

Staff from the facilities and transportation departments served as DJs, while 15 student volunteers from Cypress Woods and Jersey Village high schools volunteered as game organizers. The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department showcased a fire engine for young visitors.

More than 300 visitors and community members attended the competition and open house.

“Our team did an exceptional job planning and coordinating this event,” Smith said. “There were activities for all attendees and spectators to enjoy as they watched our exceptional drivers, attendants and technicians demonstrate their skills.”

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Visitors enjoyed children’s games, face painting, refreshments and more at the annual CFISD School Bus Safety Road-e-o.

The following sponsors made donations ranging from contestant prizes, equipment, door prizes, breakfast and lunch to help make the event a success:

Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex Jersey Mike’s Subs
Aldi’s Jimmy John’s
Autozone Joel & Cindy Mooneyham
Bed Bath and Beyond Krispy Kreme
Bike Barn Mary Kay
Blooms from the Heart Panda Donuts & Kolaches
Boomers Houston PJ’s Coffee
Carl’s Jr Pluckers
Catfish Station Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Chipotle Roadside Sweets and Eats
CI Solutions Slim Chickens
Copperfield Bowling Smallcakes
Cy-Fair Vet Smoothie King
Delegard Tool Co. Sprout’s
Doggett Equipment Service Group Star Cinema Grill
Dr. Kayne Smith Starbucks
Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen Sweet Box Candy
Hair of Nature Taste of Texas
Harbor Freight Tools The Home Depot
HEB Track 21
Home Depot Walmart
Iris Nails & Spa  PV Rental

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