Tim Schlieker, a veteran school bus driver for Cherry Creek Schools, took Fourth Place in the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition held in Tulsa, OK on July 20-21, 2013. Schlieker won the honor to represent Colorado at the competition by taking the State Championship in Pueblo in June.
The event, which included nearly one hundred drivers from the United States and Canada, was held at the International Company factory, where competitors were treated to a tour of the school bus production facility.
The competition, commonly referred to as a “roadeo”, included a 200-point written test relating to CDL requirements, CPR & First Aid, and other aspects of school bus procedures and operations. The driving portion included parallel parking the 40’ school bus, clearance exercises where space was limited to one inch on either side of the bus, driving the bus straight for over 100’ feet without deviating more than 1.5 inches from the markers and other tests of skill. “The challenging aspects of the tasks create better drivers all around,: said Schlieker, adding “I am pleased and honored to represent CCSD and the state of Colorado at the national and international level.”
In related news, at the Adams County Roadeo, held on April 27, Cherry Creek bus drivers swept all four divisions. Schlieker again won the Conventional Trainers division, Ray Goik won the division for conventional drivers, Paul Kaempfer won the Trainers division for special needs, and Tom Lynch and Monnie Scheel won the Special Needs division.
Posted August 21, 2013.