Retiring CCS bus driver receives award

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Clay Community Schools Director of Personnel Carolyn Kumpf (right) presented bus driver Vern Bettenbrock with a Distinguished Hoosier certificate he received after retiring from his bus route.

Vern Bettenbrock didn't want to leave his post.

But due to family circumstances, the Clay Community Schools (CCS) bus driver officially retired Wednesday after 31 years of service.

The State of Indiana recognized Bettenbrock for his years of service with a Distinguished Hoosier certificate. CCS Director of Personnel Carolyn Kumpf presented the award.

"I decided to give it up," Bettenbrock said.

He said he had to go back to farming full-time after his son took on another job.

Bettenbrock drove the same route for 31 years, around the Cory area.

"I never changed," he said. "And I had a lot of good kids. That makes a big difference."

Bettenbrock said former bus driver Jim Blanchard talked him into taking the route.

"After I got started, I enjoyed it," Bettenbrock said. "It just fell into place. It really worked out.

"And we've had a lot of good directors. That made it more enjoyable."

Annually, CCS Director of Transportation Frank Misner corresponds with Gov. Mitch Daniels regarding the certificates.

In addition to Bettenbrock, retiring bus drivers Jerry Fortune and Bob Cannon also received Distinguished Hoosier certificates, but neither was in attendance during Wednesday's event.

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