Richard Teft, Bus Driver
Robin Baldwin, Bus Driver
Darryl Hofstra, Supervisor of Transportation
ADA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Students all across West Michigan headed back to school Tuesday morning and many of them are getting there by bus.
Organizing and transporting children is no easy task. The Forest Hills school district buses around 10,000 students every day.
Darryl Hoftstra is the supervisor of transportation for the Forest Hills Public Schools. He oversees over 80 drivers and buses, including multiple dispatchers and four vehicle technicians, all to make sure every student get to and from school safely.
"It is a beautiful summer day and things are going fairly smooth," explains Hoftstra. "People don't realize all the work that goes in an operation of our size."
The parking lot is a sea of yellow, but one by one, bus drivers grab their keys and drive away. Richard Teft is a bus driver for Forest Hills. "We are in the bus garage right now and everyone is kind of going out on their routes today shaking out the newness of their route."
Other drivers also needed to get used to the buses as many flew through the red flashing stops signs. Teft says it didn't help that he was driving slower than normal to get used to the route.
Most of the students seemed excited about the first day of school. Robin Baldwin has been a driver for a number of years. "I get there this morning and the high school boys are waving and the boys saw me and they had to give me a hug. It was great," says Baldwin.
"I think it is always important for parents to know if buses run a little bit late that this is the first day of school-- things are smoothing out and each day should get better," explains Hofstra.
All in all, Tuesday was a good day for students and bus drivers.
Hofstra says that if you are interested in becoming a substitute bus driver for Forest Hills Public there are positions available. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.