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Travels to School

Transporting or Walking

Initially, parents were responsible for the transportation of their children to school.

In the quest for knowledge, many children would walk 2-3 miles round trip every day just to attend school. Many children made the journey barefoot.

Weather Conditions

There were days where children coped with adverse weather conditions that made trails and roadways difficult or impossible to travel. Finding alternate routes provided real challenges for children and bus drivers alike.

During the rainy season, drivers would have to divert from their normal routes to avoid washouts, puddles and impassible areas. It was on these occasions, the Board of Public Instruction closed affected schools.

The Bus Ride

Drivers in the early stages of school transportation provided their own “vehicles," usually wagons and horses. As time passed,  the infamous motor school bus became the standard for transporting students. Drivers were responsible for maintenance and insurance coverage of their vehicles.

The first recorded information concerning student transportation can be found in th school board minutes of June 15, 1923 (Vol 1: Page 62).

Trustees of the Spring Hill and Live Oak schools presented specifications for vehicles and student routes to and from the Zolfo Springs School. The Board instructed that an advertisement be placed in the local newspaper for the bidding of this route.

Bids for Awarding Routes

Prospective drivers would bid on the routes nearest to their homes by submitting a proposal that contained the service charge. Trustees would review the opened bids, and based on the specifications and the cost, they would make their recommendation to the board.

Salary

In 1929, bus drivers were paid $114.50 to $135.00 monthly.   Drivers for the 1929-30 school term were Ernest Simmons, H.M. Green, W.M. Skipper, F.H. Williams, B.C. Coker, M.K. McLeod, Charles Bush, J.K. Cox, J.M. Hancock, and O.B. Hunt.

Fueling

The Board would issue gas orders to drivers to obtain fuel for their vehicles.   

Early buses were purchased from Universal Car Company.

Records indicate that Peace River Motor Company, Wauchula, Florida, was instructed by the Board on July 19, 1939, to provide five buses with 1939 Ford chassis and Rockhill School Bus bodies at the cost of $12,500 (Vol 1: Pages 408,410,411 & 478).

        

              

  1948

Alice Jane Peeples, Doris Moore & Irene Peters

Source:   A Touch of Classes, Project Graduation 1996                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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