The drivers and para-professionals of the Cherry Creek ROADEO Team are off to a fast start this year, having excelled in their first competition.
Drivers from the Cherry Creek School District made a strong showing in the contest that tests the skills of school bus drivers. Ray Goik from the district's Central Terminal took 1st Place at the Annual Invitational School Bus Safety Competition at the Jeffco Stadium complex on May 2. Cindy Roark from the district's West Terminal took 2nd Place. Roark also claimed the championship trophy of the "Rookie" division – a category that includes drivers who never before competed in ROADEO. Stephanie Manning from the East Terminal, also a rookie, took 4th Place.
Overall, the CCSD ROADEO Team placed five drivers in the top 15 and three drivers in the top five. Cherry Creek also brought home the coveted Team Trophy. What's more, the district's Special Needs Teams (SPED) placed two teams in the top 15, with one of those teams finishing in 6th place.
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 "three-peat" with another championship trophy.