Centaur Staff Recognition – Dave Paulson, bus driver and custodian at BCS
December 6, 2018 – Dave Paulson has been an employee of Brooklyn Center Community Schools for 22 years. He was first employed as a custodian and the next year started driving school bus for the district. Paulson’s connection to the community doesn’t end there, though, as he was also a lifetime resident of the BC community up until two years ago. He graduated from Brooklyn Center High School and his mom still owns a house in the district.
“Bus driving is the best part of my day,” Paulson said. “A student’s day ends and begins on the bus and bus drivers have the opportunity to start their day out really well.”
“Dave is always incredibly responsive and provides quick assistance for all maintenance needs,” Earley said. “We are lucky to have him at BC as he makes the learning environment better for all learners.”
Paulson has also shown his colleagues the importance of building relationships with students, which has helped both of his staff roles.
“The connections I make on the bus help with my dual role as a custodian in the building” Paulson said. “When students know you know them, it shows you care and it helps build a relationship.”
Kevin Miller, transportation manager, said Paulson is always looking for opportunities to connect with students. During a recent staff meeting to discuss safety on railroad crossings, Paulson came up with the idea to create a poster contest for LEAP 21 students. The contest will pay out cash awards for the top three posters that show railroad crossing safety tips and transportation employees will judge the contest at an upcoming meeting.
“Dave is an asset to the transportation team,” Miller said. “He has the students’ interests and safety at heart and is always willing to help out the team when we need it most.”