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News - January 7, 2011

Much more than a driver

School bus operator Janice King adores her 'precious cargo'

by Nick Veronin

As the sun begins its groggy crawl over the Diablo Range, Janice King is checking signal lights, kicking tires and verifying that the alarm sounds when the emergency doors at the back of her bus are ajar.

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Posted by abby
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 7, 2011 at 9:36 am

Lets not forget about the wonderful team of bus drivers Mrs. King has behind her. good job girls/ guys.

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Posted by Beth
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jan 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

WOW! Mrs King must have changed her ways over the past few years, I had a son that rode on her bus and I'll you right now it was anything but enjoyable .

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Janice appears to be a busy lady, but I know for a fact that it takes a team to transport all of the children of Mountain View. To & from school, to Science Camp, after school sports & the many other wonderful field trips that the MV/Whisman kids have been attending for many, many years. Thanks to our fellow School Bus drivers from Peninsula DayCare, Santa Clara, Cupertino and the many other devoted men & women who do this job. It takes true dedication to do this job right. I know, because I've been doing it for 24 years. Thanks specifically to Teresa, Liz, Jackie, Mickey, Jose, Francisco, Bill and Janice. You are all awesome!

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Posted by Ophelia
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm

It is amazing how none of the other drivers who work just as hard (if not harder) were not mentioned by either the reporter or Ms. King. I am sure without their support and hard work none of what Ms.King does can be possible. As a parent I have had first hand experience with Ms. King and it was not a positive one. I have also dealt with the other bus drivers and it is amazing how much more of a pleasant experience it was. I don't mean to rain on Ms. King's parade but maybe further research should have been done or maybe even talking to parents and kids who have dealt with her should have been considered. I do admire the patients it takes to transport our kids to and from school safely but it is a team effort of many not just one!!!

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Posted by Jen
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jan 9, 2011 at 6:22 am

I've witnessed the MVWSD maintenance and transportation crew in action a few years back before a few were fired--now there was a story. But here there's nothing to write about.

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Posted by Concerned Reader
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jan 11, 2011 at 7:33 am

I’m more than a little confused about the point of this article.
While I'm sure Ms. King does a decent job, I would much rather have learned about the bus team as a whole and how it works within the community than read an over-blown, entirely biased and falsely glossy report of one woman within the team. Not to mention that the whole article seems resoundingly unfair to the remainder of her coworkers and gives so few details about how the bus system actually runs, I am in fact more confused and concerned than before I read it. How are the routes for my child's bus determined? By one lone woman’s intuition? That’s certainly how the article makes it sound and logically I doubt that’s the case. While it's great to know who creates them out of thin air, I'd much rather have been informed about their (possible) use of traffic congestion analysis, statistics on the geographical demographics of the students homes vs. schools and transport routes between, etc... These and other reassuring statistics would have been far more interesting and relevant to my comprehension and assurance of how my child gets to school safely and in a timely manner than how one bus driver happened to get her job many years ago rather than pursue her failed dreams of being a teacher. No offense Ms. King, but I could care less. If I wanted a personal biography I would have picked one up at the bookstore. Although the overly fatuous nature of the article makes me wonder maybe if I was reading a work of fiction instead. I was under the impression that the school bus service was run by someone else entirely, and that Ms. King was newly appointed. And yet this article makes it sound as if she’d been running things for years, when, in fact, I’ve noticed that over the past year, things have been rather less well run.

I’m also a bit shocked that this was the cover story for the newspaper. A bit of local color is one thing, but filling the newspaper with overly large glossy photos of what was already a rather inane story to begin with is one of those things that makes me a bit concerned for the fate of newspapers. Was there really nothing better or of more import to report on than an already overly biased and one sided interview? I would have much rather read more about the new mayoral candidate or had way more pictures of the history/future of the Grant Road house demolish deal than this article in its present state. William Randolph Hearst would be mortified. Get your priorities straight Mountain View Voice and at least TRY to minimize your bias when you’re writing ~ was she someone on the paper’s relative or something? I can’t figure out what political gain the newspaper achieved by writing such a spazzy article.

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Posted by MV mom
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 12, 2011 at 12:09 am

Thank you for the nice article on Janice. It's great that we can honor those people who work so hard in our community. It was interesting to "hear" her story. She is truly dedicated to her job, and our children in Mtn. View. Kudos to you Janice!

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Posted by Ned
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 12, 2011 at 9:59 am

The Voice is little more than a mouthpiece for the local unions, the schools, and the city. Look how long it took for the paper to step up and stop promoting the ex-superintendent Ghysels--only once the facts were brought out by readers and posters who are time and time again being accused of being reactionary, racist, and nut jobs.

A small town community paper is one thing, but a paper that refuses to delve into potential issues, or ask tough questions of police, fire, city, and school administrators, or file Freedom of Information Act requests to get to the bottom of such stories or issues, really begins to cancel itself out as a reliable source of news and information. Just keep distracting us with fluffy articles about nothing.

Many of the problems facing California is partly to blame on the media which has not taken a leading role in questioning political authorities partly because they share and are at times blinded by the same liberal and social values that are helping bankrupt the state.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm

OMG!! Who chose this woman for this story? Why did they not report all the mistakes she has done. Everyone makes mistakes, but as a dispatcher she has even forgotten students. The other drivers have always been a pleasure to deal with. I just don't get it.

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