Obermeyer shares a story about one of his young passengers. “Many years ago, I had hemorrhoid surgery and was off for awhile. When I got back, a little girl comes up to me and asks me where I was. I told her I had hemorrhoid surgery. She said, ‘I had that done, too. They took mine out when they took my tonsils out.’ I wanted to laugh, but she was as serious as can be.
“So many kids ask me what they should do as a career. For the majority, I tell them to go into the medical field ... because there’s a lot of jobs there. I also tell them to follow your heart.”
Powell adds, “The kids like to tell you what they did over the weekend. Since I own the Gibson Theatre, I see so many at the movies. Most of my employees at the Gibson come from the school bus. I know them and their families.”
What advice do the veterans have for rookies? Westerfeld stresses, “You have to be patient and have the caring. Each child is different.”
Obermeyer says, “Every year we have to go to a safety meeting and have a school bus inspection. You always go there in hopes they don’t find anything wrong, but if they find something, it’s something you want to fix.”
Powell reveals, “The state has made it so hard to become a bus driver, but if it’s something you can afford to do, I would recommend it. At times you pull your hair out, but I still have a real good time with the kids.
“I feel the BCSC is a very good corporation. They try hard to keep the kids safe. I’ve had no problems with them in the years I’ve worked here.”
Diane Raver can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.