NAPT Dispatch
Apr. 7, 2015

Maine Team Drives Away Champions of National Competition
Duo from MSAD #49 Win Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo

Lisa Gadway and Gregg McGoff from the Maine School Administrative District #49 (Fairfield, ME) recently earned first place for their performance in the 18th Annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo, held at the Frisco Independent School District just outside of Dallas, TX. Eighteen teams consisting of a driver and monitor from 11 states competed in the 2015 Roadeo, which is co-sponsored by the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) and STN Media, publishers of School Transportation News magazine.

"Lisa and Gregg always set a shining example for their peers and are a true team of winners in every sense of the word," stated Alexandra Robinson, M.Ed., CDPT, one of the Roadeo Event Coordinators. "Their energy, communications skills and commitment to education set them apart from the others and should make their districts, peers, supervisors, and of course the State of Maine, very proud."

Designed to recognize excellence and an unparalleled commitment to the safe and compassionate transportation of students needing specialized transportation, the National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo is an annual event where driver-attendant teams learn, practice and fine-tune skills in a competitive environment.

"Lisa and Gregg are compassionate, competent professionals that care deeply about and take great pride in their work," said NAPT Executive Director Michael Martin. "They exemplify the best our industry has to offer."

Prior to participation in the Roadeo, teams must collaboratively complete an extensive written exam testing their knowledge of laws, rules and regulations concerning the transportation of students with specialized transportation needs. Then, the teams participate in a hands-on competition consisting of:

A panel of experts evaluates each team's performance, assigning a score at each hands-on work station. Afterward, the scores are compiled and the teams placing first, second and third are recognized with plaques, donated by Sure-Lok/Q'Straint, two of the most respected and well-known brands in the transportation of students with special needs.

"This annual event is a great opportunity for those passionate about specialized transportation to gather and learn from one another," commented Keith Henry, CDPT, NAPT President. "It's great seeing teams from all over demonstrate their dedication to the students they transport, because ultimately their participation enhances their skills and better serves their districts."

Gadway and McGoff previously participated in this event and finished as high as 3rd in 2011. Second and third place teams this year came from Michigan and Texas respectively.

Gadway recently left MSAD #49 to work for the South Portland (ME) School District as Director of Transportation. McGoff drives for the MSAD #49 in Fairfield, ME.

The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and developing world-class professionals who provide safe and efficient pupil transportation for our nation's children. Founded in 1977, NAPT provides communication, leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to the nationwide network of over 600,000 people who safely and successfully transport more than 25 million children to and from school and school-related activities every school day.More

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Join your colleagues for these exciting member webinars! NAPT's April webinar will tackle employee evaluations. This program will discuss techniques for making the evaluation a useful tool for professional growth and not a useless burden that must be completed each year. Register today!

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 29 @ 1pm ET
Title: Employee Evaluations: Rote Processes or Thoughtful Endeavors?
Presenters: Laura Ann Cline, Supervisor of Human
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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: American School Bus Council, Delco Remy, SpectAL Industries, Inc., and Synovia Solutions. 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.

American School Bus Council ( is a coalition of the school transportation community — including NAPT, NASDPTS (National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services), NSTA (National School Transportation Association), Blue Bird Corp., IC Bus Corporation, and Thomas Built Buses. Council members are committed to providing safe, effective, efficient and healthy transportation for the more than 25 million schoolchildren who ride more than 480,000 school buses each day.

Delco Remy ( is the leading global manufacturer and remanufacturer of automotive parts, including starters, alternators and hybrid motors. With thousands of employees worldwide and global facilities in 10 countries on five continents, Remy is well-positioned to support the global transportation industry. They intentionally place themselves close to their customers and service markets so they can continue to partner together to develop innovations that are transforming the transportation marketplace.

SpectAL Industries Inc. ( has built its reputation by providing a range of specialized windows for school buses robust, lightweight and easy to install, making it the largest manufacturer in North America. You can count on the quality and safety of each SpectAL window. The mission of SpectAL Group is to ensure total customer satisfaction by maintaining a range of innovative products and high quality at the best price and offering the best customer service.

Synovia Solutions ( is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and provides GPS tracking solutions to help you manage your fleet of vehicles more efficiently. They focus on helping you improve safety, enhance service levels and achieve savings. Their turnkey service offering, known as Synsurance, will allow you to implement their solution with no upfront costs, so you can realize immediate savings. Their goal is to help you achieve the results you are seeking with a GPS solution from day one. More

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