Driving with purpose: William Cox came out of retirement to provide safe transportation for BCSD students
Published Friday, May 4, 2018
Mr. William Cox (BCSD photo)
After 26 years in the Navy and 12 years of work with Roper Hospital, William Cox began to think about retirement.
But the thought of retirement was different than actually being able to put a hold on a daily routine.
For that reason, Mr. Cox came out of a life filled with long naps and fishing trips about 11 years ago, and joined Berkeley County School District as a bus driver.
As a man with great work ethic and experience doing many different things, he could have gone anywhere. Mr. Cox decided to become a bus driver for BCSD because of the opportunity to have a positive impact on the community. Knowing he provides safe transportation for children in need of education is a reward. In his years behind the wheel, he’s never had a crash and never had anyone hurt on his bus.
“They don’t have to worry about the kids when they get on the bus,” Mr. Cox said of parents. “They know they’re going to get to school. …That’s what I feel most proud about.”
Mr. Cox said among other rewards is being able to do something that doesn’t really feel like work.
“It’s enjoyable. I like doing what I’m doing,” he says with a smile.
He hits the road every morning before many people are out of bed. As he puts on his vest and looks in the mirror, he doesn’t struggle to find reason. Mr. Cox sees a need, and he’s happy to provide for students, parents, educators and coworkers.
“If you don’t come in, coworkers are doing a bunch of turnarounds and the job is not going to be pleasant to anyone. The motivation is the need just to get in and help out,” he said.
The advice he has for anyone interested in seeking out the reward of being a school bus driver – “patience.”
“You have to have patience with these kids. You don’t know what they have at home. Their home life – you don’t know anything about them. You just have to have patience with them.”
While children on his bus will also know little about him, they know he will consistently be there as a cog in the educational process. They know, every morning, he’ll greet them with a smile.
Mr. Cox is one of more than 200 bus drivers employed by Berkeley County School District. Drivers typically work 6-7 hours a day and are paid $14-$23 per hour. As Berkeley County continues to grow, the role of school bus drivers becomes more crucial. Currently BCSD is looking to employ as many as 50 additional drivers.
Drivers are eligible for state benefits, and those without a commercial driver’s license (CDL) can be trained. There are two such trainings scheduled for June and July. VIEW FLYER
For more information on becoming a bus driver with BCSD, contact Marcus Clark at 843-899-8703 or email@example.com.