Transportation Facility Named After Former Standout

Transportation Facility Named After Former Standout
Posted on 12/23/2019

David F. Hinson Transportation Center

Revered as one of the greatest transportation directors in the state of North Carolina, the Cleveland County Schools Bus Garage was recently dedicated to the late Dave Hinson.

"Dave Hinson is a legend in the educational transportation industry," said David Pless, transportation director for Cleveland County Schools. "It is most appropriate that our bus garage to be named in his honor."

Attended by current and former school personnel, elected officials, and the Hinson Family, the bus garage was dedicated to Dave Hinson and is now referenced as the David F. Hinson Transportation Center.

Hinson was the first to be inducted in the School Transportation Hall of Fame. In 1976, he designed today's bus garage making sure to include drive-thru garage bays, a parts room separate from the garage area, and a state-of-the-art paint booth.

"We are grateful for his forethought in creating a facility that, now 40+ years later, still exceeds our transportation needs," added Pless.

Cleveland County has been fortunate to have very few transportation directors over the years. Since Hinson, the directorship has been succeeded by Don Byrnes, who also remains involved with recognizing and rewarding school bus drivers and administrators; the late Chip Smith, another industry all-star, and David Pless, the current director of transportation for Cleveland County. According to Pless, the low turnover is attributed directly to the organizational culture and the hardworking colleagues.

"We have been blessed for many years in having an amazing team at our bus garage," added Pless. "Our team is not only extremely skilled, they are dedicated to our students."

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