School Bus Route Map, c. 1984

Joseph Joaquin Perry (American, 1922–1996)
School Bus Route Map, c. 1984
Photocopies, pins, yarn, thumbtacks, tape on board
Gift of Mary Julia Perry in memory of Joseph Joaquim Perry

Joe Perry was the transportation supervisor for the Rehoboth School Department from November 1946 until his retirement on August 10, 1984. He labored over the school bus schedule every summer, plotting different routes with pins and colored yarns on a four by eight foot wall map at school and this smaller map at home. A computer company was once contacted to see if they could eliminate four buses or route the buses better. After study, the company responded that they could not improve Perry’s plan in any way and therefore could not in good conscience accept the job offer. This brought Perry much praise and a pay raise.