Pictured above are (back row, left to right): Nick Langhals, Zach Weber, Karl Lammers, Kerry Johnson, Danny Kissel and Dr. Osborn; and (front row, left to right) bus drivers; Norma Maag, Joyce Ginther, Christine Schroeder, Pauline Averesch, and Debra Warnimont.
Pictured above are (back row, left to right): Nick Langhals, Zach Weber, Karl Lammers, Kerry Johnson, Danny Kissel and Dr. Osborn; and (front row, left to right) bus drivers; Norma Maag, Joyce Ginther, Christine Schroeder, Pauline Averesch, and Debra Warnimont. (photo submitted)

KALIDA — Approximately 160 bus drivers from the nine local schools and Brookhill Industries attended the annual safety meeting hosted by Dr. Jan Osborn and Ann Niese of the Putnam County Educational Service Center. The meeting was held at the Kalida K of C Hall on August 8, 2019.

The meeting was facilitated by Joe Dietrich, State Bus Driver Instructor for the Ohio Department of Education. Presenters at the meeting included, Heather Cole and Deputy Weller from the Sheriff’s Office. They presented, “Stop The Bleed: Bleeding Control for the Injured.” This is a two part training. The hands on portion of the training will be given at each individual school district at a later date.

Karen Maag, Putnam County ESC presented on, “Crisis Prevention Intervention,” or CPI. Mrs. Maag gave a brief overview of strategies to assist bus drivers in handling behavior issues on the bus.

The evening included the presentation of service awards. All drivers were presented certificates of appreciation denoting their years of experience. Local School Superintendents gave service plaques to the following drivers:

• 35 years — Norma Maag, Ft. Jennings;

• 30 years — Joyce Ginter, Pandora-Gilboa; Christine Schroeder, Kalida; Debra Warnimont, Continental;

• 15 years — Dianne Siefker, Ottawa-Glandorf;

• Pauline Averesch, Miller City-New Cleveland.

The Putnam County Educational Service Center sponsors this meeting to meet three hours of the annual inservice and safety training required of all public school bus drivers. Each local school is responsible for one additional hour of annual training for their drivers.