Shelley Wilkenson was named Bus Driver of the Year by Property Casualty Alliance of Texas (PCAT) during Monday night's Midlothian ISD school board meeting.
Transportation Supervisor for the school district, Deanna Cannon said Wilkenson has overcome many obstacles throughout her employment with the district, but she has never allowed those obstacles to keep her from doing her job.
“Shelley has overcome abandonment issues by her husband as well as homelessness,” Cannon said. “However those things have never gotten in the way of her doing her job. She is usually the first one to arrive at work and the last one to leave. There have been many days Shelley has stayed to help clean other driver's buses. She is always willing to lend a hand to help those around her.”
Wilkenson was one of six bus drivers to be named with this honor.
After narrowing down the six drivers, PCAT chose one driver as the State School Bus Driver of the Year, which Wilkenson was also honored. She was presented with a winter jacket, a plaque and a check for $1,000.
She was aware that she had received the award for the district, but when she realized she had been named the State Bus Driver of the Year, Wilkenson was overcome with emotion.
Property Casualty Alliance of Texas is a nonprofit school-risk program that provides coverage for school property, students and employees throughout Texas. The award is presented annually to one bus driver from a PCAT member school district. It is given to the driver in Texas who best embodies a hosts of qualities including leadership, attitude, perseverance, student and parent relationships and technical skill.
In other action, school board members chose to approve a contract between the district and Coca Cola Company. At last month's meeting, several people from the community as well as a representative from the youth sports association expressed their displeasure of the contract agreement. They said it would put a bind and restrictions on what they could sell and how much they could sell it for.
After several meetings with a Coca Cola representative and the organizations that would be affected by the agreement, Superintendent Dr. Jerome Stewart said he is pleased with the contract and believes everyone is satisfied.
“I appreciate Coca Cola working with us to resolve some concerns that people with the booster clubs and others had,” Stewart said. “I believe this agreement is satisfactory to everyone involved.”
The school board members also approved:
additional parking and a band practice area at Midlothian Heritage High School
approved the purchase of an overhead covering for the outdoor classroom at MHHS
approved vendor bids for MHHS furniture and fixtures; science and ag equipment; maintenance, custodial and food service equipment and supplies.
approved the creation of teaching, para-professional and contingency positions elementary and secondary levels for the 2014-2015 school year
approved the purchase of an HVAC unit for Walnut Grove Middle School
approved the submission and resolution of Melissa Cade to the Media Honor Roll
approved the process for selecting a food service provider
The next school board meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 21 at the district's administration building.