Neosho School District is providing Missouri’s representatives at a national transportation conference this weekend in Louisville, Ky., where they are competing in a “bus roadeo."

Neosho School District is providing Missouri’s representatives at a national transportation conference this weekend in Louisville, Ky., where they are competing in a “bus roadeo."
The TSD (Transporting Students with Disabilities) Conference Bus Roadeo includes testing in multiple areas, including a written exam, a bus evacuation and maneuvering a difficult course. The overarching focus is on safe transportation of students with disabilities. When Neosho is not competing, representatives will attend sessions and workshops.
Longtime Wildcats Larry Wise and Carla Brewster wrote an essay earning them a grant to attend the conference as a team:
“We are attending the Transporting Students with Disabilities Conference and exhibition to provide greater resources in our professional development. Mrs. Brewster and I have been driving and/or working in the field of student transportation for over 20 years, each with no accidents. We work with students with special needs on a daily basis, each of us working three routes per day. The needs of these students range from physical disabilities, including wheelchair-bound, mental and emotional, behavioral, as well as early childhood needs. These students range from the age of 3 to 21.
“Our desire and purpose in attending the conference and participating in the roadeo is to enhance our ability to do our job properly and professionally. We are also looking forward to returning to our own district with this knowledge and gained experience to share this information with our other special-needs drivers and monitors. We feel that the knowledge and experience we will gain from this roadeo and conference can provide an enhanced level of service to the needs of our students and their families.
“As stated earlier, even though we have each served our district accident-free for over 20 years, we feel the TSD rodeo will give us competition in a real-world setting to see how well we know and can perform our jobs and where there is room for improvement. With these things in mind, we respectfully submit this application for your consideration as we would do our best to proudly represent Missouri and our own school district in this competition.”