Superintendent studying for CDL to become bus driver in her own district

The superintendent has some experience behind the wheel.


As students return to the classroom this fall, school districts across the country are struggling to find enough bus drivers.

In Maine's Oxford Hills district, there is only one substitute available to pick up routes. Now, their new superintendent is studying to get out of the administrative office and into the driver's seat.

"I could run a route in the morning if needed, I could run a route in the afternoon," Monica Henson said.

The superintendent has some experience behind the wheel. As a basketball coach in Georgia and camp counselor, Henson held a class-D license to transport kids to games and events. Now she is preparing for the exam to get the permit in Maine.

Henson said their decision to drive came from a desire to lead by example.

Once she gets the license, she will be on standby to pick up routes as a substitute when needed.

A veteran bus driver in the district like Sarah Tripp said they are impressed to see their new superintendent take matters into her own hands.

Tripp has been driving school busses for 33 years, first taking the job because it complimented her schedule as a parent of young children.

More than three decades later, she said she has built life-long relationships with her riders, now even driving some of their own children to and from school.