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neisd bus driver named best in the country

North East ISD bus driver Michael Castaneda placed second in the conventional bus category at the 42nd Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition in Milwaukee, WI on July 14-15. The first place winner was a bus driver from Canada, so his second place win secured his spot as top bus driver in the nation.

Castaneda began his journey to this point by competing in a regional bus safety competition in April where he came in first place in his division. He then moved on to the state competition in June where he also placed first. Representing Texas, Castaneda went up against top bus drivers from across the U.S. and Canada for the international title.

“We are so proud of Michael,” said Nolan Anderson, NEISD executive director of Transportation. “He has done an outstanding job and is truly deserving of this recognition.”

Castaneda has been an NEISD driver for 12 years. He has participated in these competitions for 10 years, making it to the international competition twice.

Each year, the National School Transportation Association hosts the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition. This is one of the most important events in the industry, with the best school bus drivers from the U.S. and Canada competing for top honors and recognition. The event begins with a written test. Then contestants get behind the wheel of a bus to put their driving skills to the test, competing in one of three categories (Conventional, Transit, or Small Bus). Drivers have the opportunity to demonstrate their professionalism, skill and dedication to pupil transportation.




Posted on July 18, 2012