The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that two school bus drivers, Pam Rogers and Mary Ann Kraemer, were honored with awards for excellence by the Idaho Association for Pupil Transportation. The association named Rogers the 2016 Special Needs Driver of the Year and Kraemer the 2016 Special Needs Aide of the Year for Idaho.
Rogers has worked for the school district for the past 29 years. For 17 of those, she has driven special needs students to and from school. She averages 1,500 miles per month according to the LPOSD transportation director, James Koehler. Her passenger manifest typically includes 10 students with special needs and 10 life skills students.
Mary Ann Kraemer has served as a special needs aide with the district since 2011. During the past five years, she has completed professional development training in First Aid/CPR, non-violent intervention, sign language, autism spectrum, and wheel chair restraint. She is a daily attendant on special need buses, working with a range of bus drivers and special needs passengers.
Thanks to all school bus drivers that spend their days taking care of our children and seeing that they get safely to and from their destinations!
And a Happy Thanksgiving to all !!