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Waterloo bus drivers react to KWWL special report

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Monday night, a Waterloo bus driver, who says he is speaking on behalf of dozens of drivers, reacted to a KWWL special assignment report about First Student at the regular Waterloo Board of Education meeting.

The report was titled, "Who's Really First?" and aired on KWWL last week. Click here to read more.

The bus company contracted by Waterloo Community Schools is working to change its image within the community. First Student Inc. has faced a series of problems in Waterloo over the past couple years including the recent guilty plea of its former site manager, Terry Dykstra.

Recently, the company hired a new local site manager and replaced several other key positions. Current manager Kevin Casey said he's committed to providing the best service possible for families in Waterloo. He's hoping the team's efforts will be noticed by the community and for Board of Education.

Monday night, bus driver Dale Wille addressed the changes with the Waterloo Board of Education. He is hoping to influence board members before they begin the process of choosing a bus company for the 2012-2013 school year.

"I've had a lot of bus drivers that I work with and they all gave me the same sentiment -- don't judge us by our past," said Wille.

Board members said they commend Wille's dedication to students, and his decision to speak out.

"We appreciate hearing from as many people as possible. For everybody who's upset with the busing, you'll hear from people like we did tonight who are in favor of the current bus company," said Board President Mike Young.

Superintendent Dr. Gary Norris shared Young's observations, and is hoping to see more folks like Wille at meetings over the next few months.

"I'm willing to bet people will begin to weigh in as we get closer to that time of what we're going to do," he said.

The Board will send out bids for the 2012-2013 busing contract in December, and will likely choose a company by the end of February.

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