|NAPT MultiView News Brief|
|Aug. 5, 2014|
NAPT releases additional Summit program details
NAPT's Annual Conference & Trade Show is consistently recognized as the premier school transportation event in the nation. Over a course of 4 days, we offer nationally-recognized speakers ready to reignite your passion for the industry, provide concrete examples of the value of participation in non-profit organizations, inspire us all towards ground-breaking achievements, and provide the latest federal updates. Join your colleagues for this comprehensive program; register for the Summit online today!
Plus, you'll have the opportunity to sit in on dozens of workshops featuring industry leaders addressing the latest topics critical to your day-to-day operations. Click here to for the full Summit agenda and learn more about this year's program.
And of course there's our One-Day Trade Show, featuring more than 120 vendors showcasing new trends, innovative products, and cutting-edge technology designed to ensure student safety, improve efficiency, and increase savings. Be sure to be in one place at one time and connect with business partners ready to support your operations.
Join your colleagues for this comprehensive program; register for the Summit online today!
Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518.218.0867.
The Kansas City Marriott Downtown, approximately 20 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI) will serve as our headquarters hotel and a block of rooms has been set aside for Summit delegates. Reserve your room at the reduced NAPT rate of $134/night, plus tax (~$158.33/night), or call 800.228.9290. Individuals are encouraged to make reservations early. In order to secure the reduced rate, reservations must be made by October 8, 2014.
So, mark your calendar and make plans to be in Kansas City, MO November 8-11 for NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. We look forward to seeing you there!More
NAPT Professional Development Series (PDS) courses available at 2014 Summit
Looking to take your profession to the next level? Working towards your professional certification through NAPT's Professional Development Series (PDS)? If yes, then be sure to register for one of the 14 PDS courses offered at our 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation!
Take a look at the courses offered this year:
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Peter & Linda Lawrence offer scholarship for NAPT Annual Summit
Long-time member Peter Lawrence, Director of Transportation for the Fairport (NY) Public Schools, and his wife Linda, are again offering a scholarship that will help four school bus driver trainers attend the NAPT Annual Summit this year.
This scholarship will cover the registration fee of NAPT's 2014 Annual Summit, which takes place November 8 through November 11, 2014 in Kansas City, Kansas. Download the application today.
Peter and Linda Lawrence Training Scholarships will be awarded to school bus driver trainers or front line supervisors who work for a school district or private school bus company and train transportation staff either full or part-time. Candidates must have held an industry position for at least three years. Please note: this award defrays the cost of registration only — winners are responsible for all other associated costs.
Applicants must submit a cover letter that contains a brief statement of financial need and two letters of recommendation. The letters of recommendation must be from the applicant's immediate supervisor and/or school district or company administrator. The letter should detail how the candidate's professional capabilities and personal integrity justify receiving the scholarship. A description of why s/he would like to receive the scholarship, what s/he hopes to achieve by attending, and how the training will further enhance the candidate's effectiveness as a trainer, is also required.
Download the application today.
The deadline to submit an application for the NAPT conference is September 12, 2014. A formal announcement declaring the winners will be made on September 19, 2014.More
NAPT Board nominations due
During NAPT's Annual Summit this November, elections will be held for directors of Region 2 and Region 4. These positions are currently held by Barry Sudduth, CDPT (Region 2 — Stafford County Public Schools, Virginia) and Kenny Mulder, CDPT (Region 4 — Special School District, Missouri). To see what states each Region covers, click here.
Pursuant to the Article IV, Section 4.21 of the NAPT By-laws: "Any person who wishes to be a candidate for…regional director must be an active individual member as defined in Section 2.11 (1) and have completed two years as a member in good standing before he/she becomes eligible to run for the Board of Directors."
NAPT member completes Special Needs Transportation program
Congratulations to Victoria Creech (Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, FL)
By successfully completing this rigorous curriculum geared toward transportation personnel serving students with disabilities, Victoria Creech demonstrated her commitment to the profession, district, and students. NAPT's Special Needs Transportation program consists of a series of traditional classroom and hands-on training specifically designed to test the skills and enhance the knowledge of those working with students with disabilities.
Originally started to provide access to tailored educational opportunities at both local and national conferences, the program currently includes a core curriculum consisting of special needs courses in a variety of different settings. The SNT syllabus is intended to increase an individual's specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.
NAPT & Zonar Systems partner to offer members $50,000 equipment grants
Looking for new, state-of-the-art equipment for your buses? NAPT and Zonar Systems have again partnered to provide grants for $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment. Take advantage of this member benefit and download the grant application here.
The 2014 grants will be awarded to school districts that submit proposals for utilizing Zonar's widely acclaimed Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting (EVIR®) system. New for 2014, school districts applying for and receiving the grants will be notified on a rolling basis, allowing them to implement the systems in advance of the 2014-15 school year if they so choose. Recipients will also be recognized in November at the NAPT Summit: Driving Innovation in Kansas City, MO.
Grants are only open to NAPT members in good standing. Please contact NAPT headquarters at 800.989.NAPT (6278) to verify or renew your membership, or join online today! Applications will be accepted in NAPT headquarters through October 15, 2014. Zonar will evaluate the applications and make final decisions on an ongoing basis.
Details on the requirements and application process are at www.napt.org and information about Zonar products and services at www.zonarsystems.com.More
Vendor Spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight
Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.
To help you find solutions, we highlight our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. Just click on the company logo to find out more.
Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: Bus Bulletin, Inc., Cummins Inc., SMI, and TRP Bus Parts (PACCAR Inc). Their logos will be posted for the next few weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.
Bus Bulletin, Inc. (www.busbulletin.com) is a web-based pupil transportation notification system designed specifically for district transportation departments to improve communication of transportation information. Bus Bulletin provides pre-worded notifications that are sent and received in less than 30 seconds, which enables districts to send timely notifications.
Cummins Inc.'s (www.cumminsengines.com) history, values, and heritage demonstrate how their nearly 100 years of experience, along with their commitment to dependability and innovation, enable them to build the best engines for their customers. They strive to uphold their corporate Vision and Mission statements while exhibiting the Company's Values in their everyday tasks.
SMI (www.smiglobal.net) has been producing safety equipment since the mid-1970's. With a long history of fabrication, SMI focused their capabilities on designing and manufacturing a simple vacuum operated stop arm. Currently SMI is the industry leader of safety equipment to the transportation industry with over 5,000 different SKU's.
TRP Bus Parts (PACCAR Inc.) (www.trpparts.com) provides aftermarket parts for all makes of commercial equipment — including trucks, trailers, buses, engines and winches — that surpass expectations for quality, dependability and value. Regardless of the age, make or application of your equipment, you can rely on TRP for a full line of replacement parts.More
NAPT Partners with The School Bus Safety Company on Training Program
The School Bus Safety Company (SBSC) and the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) announced today they have just completed the development of a training program — Safe Practices for Downed Power Lines.
Many times each year, a school bus is involved in accidents involving power lines falling onto the bus. This could create a disastrous situation. On the July 22, 2014, it was reported that a school bus in Oak Bay, British Columbia became entangled in power lines. The driver led the students off the bus. This was very dangerous. Had the wire stayed live (which can happen), exiting the bus the wrong way would have led to fatalities. The driver lacked training for the situation.
SBSC and NAPT have worked with experts from the power industry to create a training program for the drivers and for the students. "We all agree that being prepared for such a catastrophe will help prevent it. The drivers need to know what to do and how to do it if they face such a situation," commented Jeff Cassell, President of SBSC.
"Few, if any, school districts address this important issue. After studying the potential for such a tragedy and asking our members if they address this, we saw a huge need for this program," said Mike Martin, Executive Director for NAPT.
These programs address the myths about power lines. They make sure both the drivers and the students understand when they can safely exit the bus. The programs explain what to do when a bus is involved with power lines and how to safely exit the bus if they have to when they are unsure if the line is active or not.
Cassell explained, "Overhead lines carry high voltages. These can be 30,000, 60,000 and in some cases as high as one million volts. The power companies are very concerned that if such a line is touching a bus and the breaker has not activated, untrained school bus drivers will take actions that they think are correct, but could result in a tragedy."
Exiting the bus when power lines are involved is completely different from how students are taught to perform emergency evacuations in all other situations. Assistance should not be provided under any circumstance. The student should keep feet together and bunny hop away.
The programs for the drivers and for the students combined are available from SBSC for only $199 plus shipping costs. A special price is available to members of NAPT of $125, plus shipping.
To purchase these programs, contact Kelly Turner or Janet Greer or call 866.275.7272. More
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