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News - June 21, 2019

Longtime school bus driver and supervisor leaves legacy of 'respect' upon retirement

Derek Zabaldo plans to continue mentoring drivers while pursuing other passions

by Maya Homan

When Derek Zabaldo was hired as a bus driver for the Palo Alto Unified School District in 1987, he had no idea what the job would lead to. For the then-22-year-old whom students affectionately called "Mr. D," the position was temporary.

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Editorial Intern Maya Homan can be emailed at mhoman@paweekly.com.


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Posted by Carl Jones
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 20, 2019 at 11:22 am

It is wonderful to have a story like this in the news to remind us all that most of life is not like the discord that constantly assaults us.
Best Wishes Mr. D.

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Posted by Alison
a resident of Professorville
on Jun 20, 2019 at 7:57 pm

Derek is a great person. So happy to read this story about him. The kids and bus drivers will miss him!!

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jun 21, 2019 at 9:02 am

Is he really retiring or was he pushed out by management?

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