NAPT MultiView News Brief
April 5, 2011

Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo winners announced

Left front & back: First-place team: Jamie Magness & Andrea Gerth (Genessee ISD, Mich.)
Middle front & back: Second-place team: Shelley Johnson & Clayton Terry (Cypress Fairbanks ISD, Texas)
Right front & back: Third-place team: Edith Fairchild & George Sheely (Hays CISD, Texas)
The 20th National Conference & Exhibition on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers took place March 11-13 in Kansas City, Mo. The annual event offers a variety of professional growth opportunities, including workshops, a trade show and the Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo.

We are delighted to announce the 2011 Roadeo winners:

First Place — driver Jamie Magness and attendant Andrea Gerth
of Genessee Independent School District, Flint, Mich.

Second Place — driver Clayton Terry and attendant Shelley Johnson
of Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District, Houston.

Third Place — driver George Sheely and attendant Edith Fairchild
of Hays Consolidated Independent School District, Kyle, Texas.

Roadeo teams are judged on driving and backing a bus, loading, unloading, evacuating and securing students in wheelchairs. Teams must maintain behavioral control of special needs students on the bus. The competition also includes an open-book exam.

The Roadeo is co-managed by Edupro Group and the National Association for Pupil Transportation. The event is hosted by the National Conference & Exhibition on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers.

Sure-Lok, a leading manufacturer of wheelchair and occupant restraint systems, was the principal event sponsor and awards banquet host. For more information, please visit

Congratulations to all who participated in the 14th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo!More

Tyler Davidson fountain: Cincinnati's most famous landmark
Also known as the "Genius of Water," the 43-foot-tall Tyler Davidson fountain sits at the center of 4th and Vine Streets in Fountain Square, Cincinnati. If you have ever watched CBS's WKRP in Cincinnati, you've seen the fountain in the opening credits.

Made of 24 tons of bronze and 85 tons of granite, the overall concept is to represent the practical uses of water. Remarkably, 500 gallons of fresh, non-chlorinated water flows from the fountain every minute. You'll be able to view the free-flowing fountain when you attend the NAPT Summit, as it is open from April through late November.

The fountain is a memorial to Tyler Davidson who was the business partner and brother-in-law of Henry Probasco. The latter traveled to Munich, commissioned artist Ferdinand von Miller to create the bronze and the artwork was dedicated in 1871.

Fountain Square is the nucleus of Cincinnati events and is home to offices, restaurants, shops, hotels and an ice skating rink.

For more information on Fountain Square, go to

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