When 80-plus-year-old sisters Nancy Fox and Pauline Rose Bowling first started driving their Butler County school buses, President Ronald Reagan was in his first term. Now with more than 35 years behind the wheel they are still rolling down the roads in Middleton, Ohio, safety transporting children to and from school each day.
Each sibling has a nickname that the students have given them. Ms. Fox is known as Miss Nancy. “I try to get close to them and that helps me get along with them,” Fox said.
“My high school kids call me Grand Ma,” said Ms. Bowling. “It doesn’t bother me at all. I have grandchildren their age. It’s a matter of respect and it helps me have a connection with them.”
Bus General Manager Andrew Mays says that the sisters care about the children and love what they do. He stated what makes them both good bus drivers is they have tolerance and don’t forget they are dealing with children. That comes with experience.
Both sisters agree that much has changed over the years. Back when they first started driving, school buses were equipped with manual transmissions and they had no radios to communicate with school officials. They carried quarters with them in cause they would have to ask a passing motorist to go to the nearest pay phone to call in any emergencies. The sisters are delighted that the buses they are currently driving are better equipped and safer than the buses they first drove.
General Manager Mays also has a nickname for the sisters: Professional.