After 39 years, Shelby hangs up her big yellow bus keys
by Terra Temple, Planet Reporter
May 30, 2012 | 1048 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Franklin Elementary School principal Randall McDearmon presents a plaque of appreciation to Pat Shelby, who after 39 years as a bus driver for the school is retiring. The plaque reads: 'Pat Shelby, School Bus Driver, 39 years of Service, Franklin School.'   — Planet photo by Terra Temple
Franklin Elementary School principal Randall McDearmon presents a plaque of appreciation to Pat Shelby, who after 39 years as a bus driver for the school is retiring. The plaque reads: 'Pat Shelby, School Bus Driver, 39 years of Service, Franklin School.' — Planet photo by Terra Temple
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When it comes to the faculty and staff of Franklin Elementary School over the last 40 years, there's one who's outlasted them all.

And the answer may be surprising.

Pat Shelby was recognized May 21 by the school for her 39 years as a bus driver. Franklin principal Randall McDearmon presented her a plaque of appreciation during the school's award ceremony. Shelby received a standing ovation from the students, faculty and parents present.

"She's worked her longer than I have," he said. "When I was talking to the sixth graders, several said she'd not only driven them during their time at Franklin but also their parents."

And, truth be told, Shelby may be driving some of the grandchildren of the approximately 2145 bus students she's had over the years.

"When you get grandkids of kids, it's time to hang it up," she said with a laugh.

Shelby began her journey in 1973 thanks to her father, Arlie Richardson, who had been driving for B&S Bus Service two years.

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