Drivers for the MCPS Transportation Department earned the top award in each of three competition categories at the Virginia Bus Safety Road-E-O today – sweeping the bus driver awards for the Commonwealth.
Russell Altizer won first place in the conventional bus competition, Josh Simpkins won first place in the special needs bus competition and Kathy Graham won first place in the transit bus competition.
“MCPS is proud to be home to some of the best drivers in the country,” said Superintendent Brenda Blackburn. “These three, specifically, regularly represent MCPS at the state and international Road-E-O competitions and exemplify excellent safe driving habits.”
Together, Altizer, Simpkins and Graham represent 75 years of driver experience. Altizer has driven for Montgomery County for 35 years while also serving as the division’s driver trainer. He has won at the state and international level many times, and has competed in all three driver categories.
Simpkins is a 22 year veteran school bus driver and also a driver trainer. He has competed at the state and international level several times and has placed in the top 20 internationally.
Graham has driven with MCPS for 18 years and this is her first state win. She has competed three years previously and earned a high enough score to compete at the international competition, where she placed in the top half of drivers.