CLARKDALE – Come Dec. 21, Dave Chapman will no longer be part of the working class.
That’s because Chapman, transportation and maintenance director for the Clarkdale-Jerome School District, is retiring.
Chapman has been the district’s lead transportation and maintenance person for 20 years. He said recently that it was about that long ago – 20 years – when he knew he wanted to be involved in “supporting the school system and helping children get back and forth to school safely.”
Clarkdale-Jerome Principal Steve Doerksen said that Chapman has been a “valuable part of this educational community.”
“His role as a transportation director and bus driver is to ultimately ensure that students get to the school and return home in a safe manner,” Doerksen said. “Dave has a calm demeanor and student safety is his highest priority.”
Verde Valley Newspapers: What do you like most about your work?
Dave Chapman: “I enjoy working with the children and giving them positive reinforcements.”
VVN: What do you like least about your work?
Chapman: “The paperwork required by the state.”
VVN: Tell us about your work style.
Chapman: “I prefer to take my time and make sure things are done correctly. I am a meticulous worker and strive for perfection.”
VVN: Tell us something notable about your career.
Chapman: “I hold certification to train bus drivers as well as other maintenance skills such as gas line inspection.”
VVN: Do you have a favorite quote or saying?
Chapman: “'Speak softly but carry a big stick.’ What I mean by this is, even though I have a quiet personality, I can be assertive when the needs arise.”
VVN: Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
Chapman: “I have a love for fishing and I enjoy taking my 10 grandchildren whenever possible.”
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