An inside look into Lufkin ISD's bus system

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - East Texas News found out how the Lufkin ISD bus system works Thursday.

For the past 13 years, Sheila Lamb has been making kids morning commute a little bit easier.

"I love kids. Someone has to do it, and I chose this," Lamb said. "I try to do the best that I can."

And on Bus No. 24, Lamb runs a tight ship.

As one group of kids got onto Lamb's bus Thursday morning, she said, "Good morning. Y'all just sit in the next available seat - boys together, girls together."

When she arrives at school, she makes sure the kids in hear rearview mirror get to class on time.

"My kids," Lamb said. They know what I'll tolerate and what I won't tolerate, and I have a good understanding, so they know when they get on the bus, they need to follow the bus rules and do as they are told."

Kelly Wesley, the transportation director for LISD, said it takes them months to plan and re-plan bus routes.

"We encourage parents two weeks before school starts; that way it will give us an idea of our routes for the upcoming school year," Wesley said.

And this year? Nearly 400 kids signed up.

"We pride ourselves in training our drivers well cause obviously we're transporting the most important cargo and that's our kids," Wesley said.

And for Lamb, who is Purple Pride from her T-shirt down to her tennis shoes, it's all about the kids.

"I make it my business to make sure I start learning names," Lamb said. "I just start learning their names, and I know by the end of the first month of school, that I will have learned all of their names."

Wesley said he does lose about 10 drivers a year because the drivers are not working during the summer.

But LISD has decided to start paying their drivers, like Lamb, full time.

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