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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
Mary V. Scott, who had at various times during her life worked as a school bus driver, housekeeper, caterer and caregiver, died Friday of complications from a stroke at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 88. Mary Virginia Speed was born and raised in Sparks and graduated from George Washington Carver High School in Towson. A longtime resident of Quaker Bottom Road in Sparks, Mrs. Scott drove a Baltimore County public school bus for two decades and worked mainly with special-needs students.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
A group of youths attacked a school bus driver and briefly took the vehicle for a joyride Thursday afternoon in West Baltimore, police confirmed. Three teenagers were taken into custody, and the driver suffered minor injuries, police said. At about 2:35 p.m., police said the bus was parked in the 700 block of W. Lexington St. when a group of youths got onto the bus and assaulted the driver. The driver was the only person on the bus at the time, police said. The driver got off the bus, and the youths drove the bus around the block, returning to the 700 block of W. Lexington St., police said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
A Baltimore County school bus driver will not be charged after a bus rolled over while taking 10 students to Pikesville Middle last month, police said. Baltimore County police completed their investigation this week in the Oct. 4 crash and determined the driver was at fault when she checked the rearview mirror and lost control of the bus. Police did not identify the driver and did not issue any citations. Police said the bus was traveling 43 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone in the 10800 block of Greenspring Ave. The driver told police she was checking the rearview mirror when the bus drifted to the right, causing the rear wheel drop off the road.
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April 4, 2014
I find it appalling that letter writer J. Robert Clark, a school bus driver, regards teachers as lazy for requesting respite from the inordinate number of make-up days that would be required this year to reach a magic 180 days ( "Waivers are for lazy teachers," March 29). As a parent of a city school student, my experience has been that teachers are extremely hardworking and dedicated to their students. My son's class sizes are usually 30 to 32 students. Teachers have multiple classes which means that when students go home their work continues with corrections of papers and preparation for the next day's classes.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | June 14, 1995
A Hanover school bus driver was prohibited from driving loaded buses as part of the sentence she received yesterday in Howard Circuit Court for driving under the influence in North Laurel in May 1993.Linda Mae Skinner, 38, will not be allowed to drive school buses with passengers during a two-year probation period as part of a plea agreement she accepted in April.But Judge Dennis Sweeney said he would reconsider that portion of Ms. Skinner's sentence after she completes part of her probation.
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By Judy Reilly and Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 25, 1997
Last week's Neighbors column by Judy Reilly reported on the retirement of Bob Devilbiss after 45 years of driving school Bus No. 5.Her column should have said that in the 1950s Devilbiss drove the bus to New Windsor High School. The Devilbiss farm was a dairy farm. Judy apologizes for the errors.Ed McDonough's Northwest neighborhood column appears Thursdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.Pub Date: 10/01/97BOB DEVILBISS remembers when a first-grader boarded the school bus to the old Uniontown Elementary School for the first time.
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March 11, 1992
A former Howard County school bus driver pleaded guilty yesterday todriving while intoxicated as she transported children home from Patuxent Valley Middle School last November.District Court Judge James M. Vaughan sentenced Wanda Jean Wilson, 42, to 33 days in the alcohol treatment program in a Prince George's County minimum-security jail, and imposed a one-year suspended sentence.Wilson, of the 6300 block of Forrest Avenue in Elkridge, was arrested after the school bus she was driving on Nov. 27 struck a mailboxand a wooden fence in the 7800 block of Jones Road in Savage.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF | May 9, 1997
James R. Patterson had a simple method to maintain order on his school bus as he made his daily rounds through Parkville: singing to the youngsters aboard."
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2011
Jean W. South, a retired National Security Agency analyst and school bus driver, died of liver failure Monday at University of Maryland Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 69. Born Jean Wisniewski in Baltimore and raised on Andre Street in Locust Point, she was a 1960 Seton High School graduate. She earned a degree at Anne Arundel Community College and attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She met her future husband, Larry South, a defense contractor, while on a skiing trip in Vermont.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2011
Emmarene Ida "Rena" Pennington, a homemaker who later became a school bus driver, died Sunday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson. She was 92. Emmarene Ida Bartholomae, the daughter of a German immigrant carpenter and a homemaker, was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. After graduating from El Paso High School in 1937, she attended business school, where she studied to become a secretary. Something of a tomboy in her youth growing up in Texas, Mrs. Pennington had been a Powder Puff Derby driver.
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March 29, 2014
I find it a little infuriating that schools are asking for waivers to circumvent the 180-day law ( "Snowed in," March 27). Our schools are woefully behind other countries in testing, language skills, mathematics and sciences. You would think our teachers and administrators (which are the highest paid in the world) would welcome the opportunity to get as much teaching time as possible. I am a school bus driver for Baltimore County Public Schools and what I see every day is our education system bending over backward to promulgate the facade of quality academia.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
Baltimore school bus drivers and aides have reached a settlement with Durham School Services, the transportation contractor that workers sued over unfair wages, according to attorneys for the plaintiffs. The $1.25 million settlement was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, said Andrew Freeman, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys, of Brown, Goldstein & Levy. It still has to be approved by a judge. The settlement stems from a class action suit filed in March 2013 that alleged the company has not paid workers for the hours they earned carrying out responsibilities required for transporting students, such as pre- and post-trip inspections, and fueling and cleaning buses.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
Mary V. Scott, who had at various times during her life worked as a school bus driver, housekeeper, caterer and caregiver, died Friday of complications from a stroke at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 88. Mary Virginia Speed was born and raised in Sparks and graduated from George Washington Carver High School in Towson. A longtime resident of Quaker Bottom Road in Sparks, Mrs. Scott drove a Baltimore County public school bus for two decades and worked mainly with special-needs students.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
A Baltimore County school bus driver will not be charged after a bus rolled over while taking 10 students to Pikesville Middle last month, police said. Baltimore County police completed their investigation this week in the Oct. 4 crash and determined the driver was at fault when she checked the rearview mirror and lost control of the bus. Police did not identify the driver and did not issue any citations. Police said the bus was traveling 43 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone in the 10800 block of Greenspring Ave. The driver told police she was checking the rearview mirror when the bus drifted to the right, causing the rear wheel drop off the road.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2013
Joseph Ellsworth Smith, a longtime auto mechanic and a Baltimore County school bus driver for 35 years, died Wednesday at HeartFields Assisted Living at Bowie. He had suffered from dementia and kidney failure. He was 87. Mr. Smith had worked at several Towson-area businesses repairing cars. For decades he drove students to school in the morning, went to work as an auto mechanic and was back on the school bus in the afternoon driving children home from school, said family members.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
Bus drivers and aides employed by a Baltimore schools contractor say that unsafe conditions such as fires and mold spores are endangering lives and unfair wages are threatening their livelihoods. The grievances were aired Thursday at a rally of employees of Durham School Services, a national company that transports children in more than 350 school districts. Since 2002, the city has contracted with Durham, which earned an estimated $15.5 million over the last three school years. The company's buses transport about 928 students.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2010
William James Schmidt, who owned and operated a Northeast Baltimore County auto repair service and later worked as a school bus driver, died Sunday of cardiac disease at his daughter's Hampstead home. The former longtime resident of Overlea and Fullerton was 94. Born in Baltimore, the son of a mechanic and a homemaker, Mr. Schmidt was raised in Overlea and attended Baltimore County public schools. Mr. Schmidt left school and went to work for his father, who owned and operated an Esso service station at Kenwood Avenue and Belair Road.
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May 3, 2012
My child's school bus driver is a pleasure to greet every school-day morning. She always has a big smile and a kind word and wave. So, being curious about the world of school bus drivers, I asked a friend's school bus-driving daughter what kind of holiday and end-of-year gifts she likes to get the most. Her reply was that she gets no gifts from her students' or their families. She said that anything she could use to bridge the gap over the summer such as gift cards, coffee, cards, would be greatly appreciated.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2011
Jean W. South, a retired National Security Agency analyst and school bus driver, died of liver failure Monday at University of Maryland Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 69. Born Jean Wisniewski in Baltimore and raised on Andre Street in Locust Point, she was a 1960 Seton High School graduate. She earned a degree at Anne Arundel Community College and attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She met her future husband, Larry South, a defense contractor, while on a skiing trip in Vermont.
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