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June 12, 2014

School bigwigs take to the racetrack in big yellow buses

Ten superintendents drive toward a $10K cash prize

They’re pretty big deals in their respective school districts and next week 10 superintendents will be behind some pretty big wheels.

Fasten those seat belts. Sanborn Regional Superintendent Brian Blake, Londonderry Superintendent Nate Greenberg and Derry Superintendent Laura Nelson will take the wheel of some borrowed school buses Tuesday and hit the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Spectators presumably will be kept at a safe distance when the school officials try to steer those big yellow buses through an obstacle course of traffic cones and come out on top to claim a $10,000 prize for their district.

The three are among the 10 educational leaders signed up to drive in the 2014 Race to Benefit Education. Participation was by invitation, not application. Had it been the latter, at least two local superintendents might not have made the cut.

Neither Blake nor Greenberg can claim any bus driving experience, although both allege they have been at the wheel of a pretty big box truck, rented for moving purposes.

Well, that’s not quite true.

Greenberg admitted yesterday he had been taken out for a practice run several weeks ago, which could give him an edge.

Bus company employees gave him some tips and about 30 minutes behind the wheel behind Matthew Thornton Elementary, long after everyone else had left for the day, he said.

“There were no cars I could damage and nobody was there who would take a picture,” Greenberg said.

The contest will include maneuvering through “slaloms, a chicane, tight turns, narrow lanes, and a couple of trouble spots,” according to the racetrack, which is donating the cash prize.

Greenberg, while pooh-poohing his chances, was a little less modest when discussing how his practice run went.

“They had me backing up and I didn’t do too badly,” he said. “I think I only knocked down three cones — out of four.”

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