Issaquah district bus drivers triumph at ‘roadeo’

May 23, 2011

Issaquah School District bus drivers earned top honors at a 'roadeo' May 14. Contributed

NEW — 8 a.m. May 23, 2011

Issaquah School District bus drivers saddled up, claimed top honors and pulled in a record number of awards in the Annual Puget Sound Regional Bus Roadeo Competition.

The district’s team claimed the No. 1 spot in the team championship category, and drivers nabbed the top three slots in the rookie category.

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School district reminds drivers to not forget bus safety

August 31, 2010

Jo Porter (left), director of transportation, with supervisors and coordinators Connie McCoy, Lucy Anderson, Gayle Morgan and Laurie Mulvihill, stand beside the high-backed seats in one of the school district's new buses. By Greg Farrar

With school back in session, Issaquah’s drivers are once more sharing the road with buses carrying students to and from school.

Some drivers are more patient than others when driving behind buses. Understanding bus safety rules would help everyone on the road, Issaquah School District Transportation Director Jo Porter said. Read more

Bus drivers first to ratify contract with district

May 18, 2010

Three contracts remain

Issaquah School Board members approved a new three-year bus drivers’ contract at their May 12 meeting.

The contract begins July 1, 2010, and expires June 30, 2013.

All contract language remains the same, except that drivers will receive a 20-cent raise per hour above the cost of living adjustment in the first year of the contract, and no raise above the cost of living adjustment in the second and third years.

“It’s wonderful to look forward to moving on to next year,” said Gina Carey, the bus drivers’ union representative.

A significant majority of the drivers’ membership voted to approve the contract, she said.

“This contract is done and I celebrate that,” said Transportation Director Jo Porter. “That work was possible because of the positive way we worked together and a building of this trust we have.

“Anytime you have a settled contract the way we did, there has to be trust on both sides.”

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Bus drivers steer efforts toward a child’s treatments

May 4, 2010

Issaquah school bus drivers are driving for something different this month.

Of course, they’ll still cart your little ones to school and back, but now you can help them as they drive to finance a medical treatment for bus driver Lisa Staley’s 4-year-old granddaughter Lisa, who has cerebral palsy.

“She is such a sweet little girl,” said Staley, an Issaquah driver for 20 years. “She is very bright, very smart, but she has a hard time communicating. She laughs all the time and when she gets upset, she’ll let you know.

“I would just like her to be able to do more on her own,” Staley said. “That’s what we want for all of our kids, to be independent and function in society. I know it won’t happen now, but this is a great start.”

The treatment will cost about $3,500, said driver Cyndi Lampson, and it isn’t covered by the family’s insurance.

The treatment is at the Conductive Learning Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. While there, the girl will undergo conductive education training. The training is specifically for individuals diagnosed with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other motor challenges.

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School buses evacuated to escape nearby brush fire

June 9, 2009

A brush fire at the Issaquah School District Transportation Center prompted the evacuation of 20 school buses from the burning area at about 11:40 a.m. June 2. The flames were put out by 11:55 a.m. Read more

Brush fire causes evacuation of 20 school buses

June 2, 2009

Firefighters put out a brush fire June 2 in the woods behind a fence where buses were parked minutes earlier at the Issaquah School District Transportation Center, 805 Second Ave. S.E. — By Adam Eschbach Firefighters put out a brush fire June 2 in the woods behind a fence where buses were parked minutes earlier at the Issaquah School District Transportation Center, 805 Second Ave. S.E.  —  By Adam Eschbach

NEW — 2:30 p.m. June 2, 2009

By Adam Eschbach

A brush fire at the Issaquah School District Transportation Center prompted the evacuation of 20 school buses from the burning area at about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday. The flames were put out by 11:55 a.m.

“I thought that a bus was on fire. There was a large billow of black smoke,” said Jesse Provine, a mechanic at the transportation center and the first on the scene.

Provine warned transit center staff to start moving buses, called Eastside Fire & Rescue and by the time he arrived back on the scene, the brush fire had jumped the curb and was burning along the fenced area.

He said he thought the cottonwood seed fluff could have caught on fire, then the leaves, with flames making their way into the woods next to the Rainier Boulevard Trail.

The part of the lot where the brush fire started was near the new 2008 Thomas buses, with regeneration exhaust systems. The possibility that the new exhaust systems, that eject and burn diesel inside the muffler at very hot temperatures to burn off soot, could have sparked the flames was being investigated.