Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

All bus drivers in the Newton County School System have been undergoing evacuation training. The annual training is held twice a year at the schools and given by the school system transportation department. Bus drivers participate in drills at various schools during the training. At Sharp, special-needs bus monitors and drivers participated in drills involving handicapped students. On Monday, pictured here, bus monitor Gilbert Glenn and bus driver Teresa Nix practice with a dummy, simulating taking a student in a wheelchair off a burning bus in under one minute. After carefully handling the "student" in his wheelchair, they lift him onto a blanket and carry him off the bus to safety.