Retiring JCPS transportation director Rick Caple with the proclamation declaring May 27 "Rick Caple Day" in Louisville (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
The 36th annual JCPS Bus Safety Road-E-O was held Friday, May 27, 2016 (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
Hundreds of people attend the annual JCPS Bus Safety Road-E-O each year (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An annual JCPS bus tradition turned into a recognition ceremony for the man in charge of over overseeing the district's transportation department for two decades.
The 36th annual JCPS Bus Safety Rodeo was held this morning at the Lees Lane Bus Compound.
Today was also designated "Rick Caple Day" by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. Caple, the director of transportation, is retiring after 20 years with the district.
"[He] has carried himself with dignity and professionalism, and at all times has had the well being of the students and his drivers in the forefront," JCPS Chief Operations Officer Mike Raisor told those in attendance.
For his part, Caple was quick to share the glory with his colleagues.
"We can not do anything without that great team," Caple said. "And all of us together transport kids to and from school safely. It's a job that's thankless. But when you look at our track record, we do a darn good job -- and thank you very much."
The bus rodeo features a skills challenge for 26 bus drivers and raises money each year for the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Roughly 70,000 students ride the bus each year in Jefferson County.