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LPS Needs Bus Drivers, Schedules Workshop

LAWTON Okla_ Always in search of qualified bus drivers, the Lawton Public Schools has scheduled a workshop next week to train drivers. 

The workshop is approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Education and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

The class meets from 5-10 p.m. Oct. 7-11 at the LPS Transportation Center, 1101 S. 17th St. The lead instructor will give individual driving tests by appointment at the conclusion of the workshop. 

Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Class B Commercial Drivers License (CDL) with passenger and school bus endorsements.  No other over-the-road driving tests will be required.

Beginning drivers must obtain a learner's permit issued by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety before the first day of the workshop.  In order to obtain a learner's permit, applicants must pass a five-part written test covering general knowledge, pre-trip procedures, passengers, the school bus and air brakes. The air brake test is required only for school districts that have buses that use those devices.

An Oklahoma Commercial Driver's Manual can be downloaded from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety website, www.dps.state.ok.us.   From the website, go to the pull-down menu under "Driver Licenses" and click on "Driver Manuals."  Once there, find and click on "Oklahoma Commercial Driver's Manual" to download the document.   LPS officials will supply other related study materials, including the Oklahoma School Bus Driver's Manual, during the workshop.

The registration fee for non-LPS employees is $65.  Payment is due no later than the second day of class. For workshop details, contact Al Henry at the LPS Transportation Center, 580/248-3255.

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