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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


While he hasn’t spent too much time steering oversized vehicles, Greenberg does claim a “pretty good” driving record.

But then, he remembers, there was that summer of 1969 when he had a delivery route in midtown Manhattan. Perhaps those details are best kept private.

While Greenberg isn’t given to hyperbole when discussing his driving skills, he did reference the “9 million different mirrors” a school bus carries.

Blake described his driving record as “fast, but clean,” with an emphasis on the “clean.”

He said he’s never driven a bus, just one of those rental box trucks, but he’s not intimidated.

He said that before he mentioned another superintendent who reportedly once drove a school bus.

“I’m at a disadvantage with some of these guys,” Blake said, leaving Greenberg off that list.

But he does claim one advantage,

“I do live around the corner from the track, so I’m pretty familiar with it,” he said.

Greenberg claimed to have heard the same thing about a competitor with serious bus driving experience.

“If, in fact, it’s true, I want a handicap,” he said.

Kidding aside, both superintendents said they think it’s a terrific event and one they’re glad to be part of.

“Win, lose or draw, I think the 10 of us are going to have a good time doing it,” Blake said.

Should he could home with the big check, he said, he would like to spread his winnings among his district’s schools, with some of it going to the career pathways program at the high school.

Greenberg, should he overcome all odds and win, would use the money to buy iPads or laptops for students who can’t afford their own.

Nelson could not be reached for comment yesterday. No one would say whether she was behind closed doors or crushing traffic cones in the parking lot.

The other drivers are Manchester Assistant Superintendent David Ryan Franklin; Franklin High School principal Richard Towne; Rochester Superintendent Mike Hopkins; Concord Assistant Superintendent Matt Cashman; Goffstown Superintendent Brian Balke; Exeter Superintendent Mike Morgan; and Merrimack Valley Superintendent Mike Martin.

The event takes place at the track in Loudon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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