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Wheels on the bus…go round and round with new Super driver

BRUNSWICK, N.Y. (NEWS10) — To assist the bus driver scarcity, staff throughout the Capital District are stepping up. One native superintendent is buying and selling in her heels for some new wheels.

“Our school is pretty awesome, our kids are terrific, and it’s really a wonderful place to be,” stated Dr. Angelina Maloney.

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Brunswick Central School District Superintendent Dr. Angelina Maloney is getting out of the administrative workplace and into the driver’s seat. She says the scarcity of bus drivers made it essential.

“I felt like I had an obligation to be a part of the solution.”

Just this previous week, Dr. Maloney added a CDL license to her resume. She does have some earlier expertise behind the wheel.

“I’m an EMT on the side, so I have driven a fire truck, but the school bus is very different,” stated she.  

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Dr. Maloney says anybody can drive a college bus.

“I was a nervous wreck at first but I get nervous about everything. But I was just hoping to provide an opportunity for our students should we get into a pinch with drivers. I would never want us to close schools because of this, so now I can be one extra person to help.”

Brunswick Director of Transportation Whitney Colvin gave Dr. Maloney a number of pointers on how you can drive a bus.

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For him, there’s one factor that makes the job worthwhile.  

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“The kids are the first ones you see and they are the last ones to be dropped off. It’s always nice when you have a kindergartner kid come up to you and say ‘I want to be a driver like you when I grow up,’” stated Colvin.

Dr. Maloney will probably be on standby as an alternative bus driver when wanted. But she says the wheels on the bus don’t go round with out the drivers.

“They really are the unsung heroes, particularly during COVID. It’s been highlighted, and I’m happy to celebrate with them, for them, and just happy to be a part of the team.”

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