2011 Bus Safety Road-e-o
Wanda Ely takes the title in the 2011 Floyd County Schools Bus Safety Road-e-o
Posted on 05/13/2011

Wanda Ely may not be able to tame a bronco or corral a steer but she showed she could hold her own in a Road-e-o on Friday the 13th. Ely took first place in the 23rd annual Floyd County Schools Bus Safety Road-e-o to win the bus driving title for 2011. Over 40 bus drivers from the school system participated in this annual event that focuses on driver training and skill. Ely placed sixth in last year’s competition. 

The Floyd County Schools Bus Safety Road-e-o is an annual competition that tests the skill and driving knowledge of school bus drivers. The Road-e-o event took place in the parking lot across from the Board of Education office on Riverside Parkway. 

Participating school bus drivers were asked to drive a bus through an obstacle course designed to simulate difficult driving situations that might be faced on the road. The drivers were awarded points for successfully completing each section of the course. Drivers were also tested on loading and unloading procedures and pre-trip inspection knowledge. Wanda Ely tallied a total of 506 out of 550 possible points in the competition. 

Andrew Furtado, a substitute bus driver in the Pepperell attendance area placed second with a total of 499 points. Pete Culbreth, a driver in the Coosa area placed third with a point total of 487. See the list below for the top ten drivers in this year’s competition.

Wanda Ely will represent Floyd County in the Georgia School Bus Safety Road-e-o to be held June 8 - 9, 2011 in Warner Robbins. The first and second place winners at the state level will be eligible to participate with the best drivers in North America in International competition to be held this summer.

Bus drivers from Floyd County Schools have a history of strong finishes in Bus Safety Road -e-o events. Floyd County drivers have finished first in the district, state, and international competitions. Pepperell area drivers, Connie Beatenbough and Patti Cox have both won the Georgia title. Cox was also crowned the International Driving Champion in 1999. 

Top Ten Drivers for 2011


Wanda Ely (Pepperell)



Andrew Furtado (Pepperell)



Pete Culbreth  (Coosa)



Gail Lanier (Pepperell) 



Nancy Wetson  (Model)



Shonna Dean  (Pepperell)



Daniel Banks (Pepperell) 



Tracy Swann  (Coosa)



Maleata Hall (Model)


10. tie

Connie Beatenbough (Pepperell)


10. tie

David Legg (Pepperell)