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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