Dear Editor,

Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel…regardless.

A true statement for our bus drivers. As I slid out of my driveway this morning, almost hitting the backend of an Imlay City school bus full of students, my mind raced with fear and concern. The challenges our bus drivers deal with five days a week. Trips to school, sporting events, field trips and back home, with weather-related road conditions.

In some aspects… wildlife, unruly kids, sick kids, not to exclude listening to kids whom may need to share their home situations. Making sure each got to the correct stop. Huge challenges in all directions for the safety of these students while on the bus. Only one bus driver per bus is another concern.

Our children and grandchildren should be a priority. I know I could never do this job and pretty sure not many could. It takes a special person to be able to handle the stress everyday…mornings, noon and night. This seems to be a thankless job and these drivers deserve recognition.

Yes, bus drivers get the summers off, but with no compensation. They only get reimbursed for the trips they make, with the responsibilties they have.

Maybe it’s time to evalute what we pay our drivers. It’s obvious they don’t do it for the money.

We wonder why there is a shortage of bus drivers. I personnally would like to take this route and give each one a huge Thank You for being here for our students.

— Name withheld
Imlay City