When you count extra co-curricular trips and daily routes, our bus drivers transport Newport Independent students over 10,000 miles each year. School buses remain the safest way to transport students and our drivers and monitors deserve recognition for their performance in an important and sometimes difficult job. As superintendent, I have been a passenger on every bus route and I have seen all the narrow passages our busses must negotiate by being in an urban school district. Sometimes inches separate car mirrors and bus mirrors! Upon arriving in Newport I was a little surprised by the hills on the South end of Newport that sometimes cause us to have to call off school. Again, I would like to thank our drivers for their excellent driving record, their great customer service and the relationship each driver and monitor have with their students. The school bus driving profession is one of the jobs where all your troubles are behind you!