Pat Tabler
Buildings&Grounds/Technology/Transportation Director




The safety of our students is our number 1 priority. All new bus drivers must complete a minimum of 15 hours of classroom training and 12 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a State certified instructor. All bus drivers must submit to random drug and alcohol testing and their driving records are monitored. Each day every bus driver must complete and document a pre-trip inspection on their bus. Each bus contains a comprehensive set of paperwork that includes a detailed route sheet, seating chart, route hazards survey, and emergency care cards. All regular route Federal Hocking buses are equipped with 2-way radios and video/audio recording equipment.


The Federal Hocking School District is comprised of 200 square miles covering Athens county. We employ 19 regular bus drivers and 1 mechanic. We have 22 school buses and 2 school van to cover our 18 regular routes, educational and athletic trips, and to use as a spare if a bus is in the garage for repair. Our buses travel an average of 2,100 miles per day or approximately 500,000 miles per year on regular routes and 30,000 miles per year on educational and athletic trips.



Transporting children is a shared responsibility between home and school. The district is responsible for children once they board the bus. Families are responsible for the safety and supervision of their children to and from the designated bus stop as well as while they are waiting for school transportation. 

The district also asks that parents reinforce with their children the importance of obeying the bus rules. Such rules ensure the safety and welfare of all young riders. If a child repeatedly violates these rules, thus jeopardizing everyone's safety, the student may ultimately be denied the privilege of riding the bus. Thus, parent support for behaving appropriately in transit is essential. 

If you have a problem or concern related to the bus, you are encouraged to write the driver a note or to phone (740)662-6691 to reach the bus garage. Please try not to interrupt the bus schedule by talking directly with the driver while he or she is on the route.


Pat Tabler
Director of Transportation and Maintenance
(740) 662-6691


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