The drivers and para-professionals of the Cherry Creek ROADEO Team are maintaining a tradition of excellence.
Drivers from the Cherry Creek School District have made a strong showing this summer in several state contests that test the skills of school bus drivers. Wanda van Zonneveld from the district's East Terminal took second place at the Colorado State Pupil Transportation's Association State Championship ROADEO and Safety Competition June 21st, while Joshua Gonzales and James Buchanan from the district's Central Terminal took third and seventh place, respectively.
Van Zonneveld and Gonzales will go on to represent the Cherry Creek School District at the 46th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition July 16 and 17 in Greensboro, North Carolina. It's not the first time bus drivers from CCSD have traveled to the national competition; the district's ROADEO team has competed in three of past four contests.
These strong showings come along with a slew of other ROADEO honors from events across the state. At the Jefferson County Invitational Roadeo and Safety Competition May 7th, three CCSD drivers earned spots the top 10. James Buchanan took third place overall; Leeza Pearson from Central fifth place overall and earned the title of "Rookie Champion. Stephanie Manning from the CCSD East Terminal took eighth place overall.
At the Adams County Invitational ROADEO held May 14, the district boasted three drivers in the top five. James Buchanan took second place overall, while Leanne Gallegos from the CCSD's west terminal and Wanda van Zonneveld tied for third place overall.
ROADEO is a safety competition designed to showcase transportation employees' proficiencies in school bus transportation. Written tests evaluate their knowledge of the rules of the road, including both CDL and CDE regulations and requirements. The bus inspection tests and "skills course" driving events are based on current CDL test requirements, but are much more difficult. The preparation for this event, the study, the practice and the subsequent testing and competition is a perfect example of professional development. Drivers and para-professionals from Cherry Creek who transport students every day have the chance to hone practical skills in a competitive environment.
The Cherry Creek ROADEO team has achieved major successes in recent years. They won the CSPTA State Championship in 2013 and 2014, and they're eager to show their skills at this year's state championship.