Retiring bus driver Margaret Harris has spent almost all of her adult life transporting Oconee children to and from schools, and county native Mark Parsons is a more recent newcomer to the profession. Both cherish the children of their routes.
Each of them have had different life journeys that brought them to work for Oconee County Schools. Harris estimated that she has been working for OCS for about 30 years, and before that, she served as a bus driver at Athens Academy for over two decades.
“I came to Oconee because all my kids were in the school district,” she said. “When I became a bus driver, I just loved it... students are the first people you see in the morning and the last you see in the evening.”
For most of her tenure with OCS, Harris ran Route 36, serving children in the Bishop area. In addition to her Bishop route, Harris drove in the Malcom Bridge and North Oconee areas, traveling with bands, football players and cheerleaders.
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