YERMO — A Calico resident's concern for school bus safety has resulted in her being awarded the Silver Valley School District Superintendent's Award of Excellence.

Louella Bourbeaux observed that the school bus safety turnaround at the end of her driveway on Ghost Town Road had turned into a giant bog after the recent heavy rains. It was so bad that the buses had stopped using it for fear of getting stuck, and she said they were forced to preform a three-point turnaround on Ghost Town Road, placing them in a dangerous position.

"I thought 'there's got to be something that can be done about it' and I started making phone calls, Bourbeaux told the Desert-Dispatch.

She contacted Brubaker-Mann Inc., which said it would donate as much gravel as needed, but that Bourbeaux would have to find transportation for it.

"So I found Alexis Trucking, which said they would donate one truck and trailer load transported. But more was needed," she said. "When Pastor Gino Abaldo of the Silver Valley Baptist Church heard of the dilemma, his church donated the funds for a second truck and trailer load of gravel.

"Then Katie Hylton, the maintenance supervisor for Silver Valley School District, heard of the problem and she arranged for a tractor from the school district to be donated for use."

Bourbeaux said last Monday morning, a crew of volunteers with a tractor worked with the donated gravel and in about 3 1/2 hours the turnaround was usable again. Buses started using it again later that day.

Besides Hylton and Pastor Abaldo, Bourbeaux said she wished to thank the other volunteers: Tara Zuelke of First Student (formerly Laidlaw) Transportation, Lorrenzo Herrera, James Bedell, Matt Matteson and Donnie White.