New school years are always accompanied by new faces, but Lynchburg City Schools didn’t just welcome students this year. Russell Stone was hired on as the locality’s Transportation Director over the summer. While he may be a fresh face to Lynchburg City, he’s quite familiar with the pupil transportation industry.
Stone started driving a school bus at Pulaski County Public Schools while he was attending Radford University. “Ever since I was two years old, I wanted to drive a school bus, and it worked great with my schedule. I would drive in the morning before class and then after classes, I’d run my afternoon rounds,” said Stone.
After finishing his Bachelor’s at Radford, Stone spent several years working in public transit, first with Blacksburg Transit and then Radford Transit. He soon returned to the pupil transportation sector when we became the Coordinator of Transportation for Alleghany Public Schools. Stone worked with the locality for three years before becoming Lynchburg City School’s Transportation Director.
Lynchburg City Schools operates a significantly larger fleet than Alleghany County. Daily, Lynchburg operates approximately 100 buses as compared to the 60 at Alleghany. Stone is up to the task at hand, and is uniquely qualified to lead such a robust fleet.
“Since I was a driver for many years, I can empathize and understand their [the drivers] challenges. It’s not always easy, and it’s something different every day. But that’s what I love most about it.”