NAPT MultiView News Brief
Jun. 24, 2014

10 reasons to register for NAPT's 2014 Summit

Looking for reasons to attend NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation in Kansas City, Missouri this Nov. 8-11? Here are 10!

10. Connect with your peers from around the nation
9. Meet industry leaders during special events
8. Navigate your way through the industry's largest One-Day Trade Show
7. Celebrate the industry and your peers' accomplishments
6. Experience NAPT's America's Best Skills Competition
5. Be the first to earn the industry's only Special Needs Transportation Certification
4. Hear from top-notch presenters addressing the latest industry trends
3. Get the latest information from NTSB Acting Chairman Chris Hart
2. Honor our nation's heroes on Veteran's Day with Air Force Captain (Ret.) Scott O'Grady
1. Be a part of history as NAPT celebrates 40 years!

Early-bird gets the worm
Register early and save $100! Our full conference rate is only $299 before Aug. 1. Take advantage of this great discount and register online today!

Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518-218-0867.

Hotel Information
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 Oct. 8, 2014.

So, mark your calendar and make plans to be in Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 8-11 for NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. We look forward to seeing you there!More

Peter & Linda Lawrence create scholarship for driver trainers & front line supervisors

NAPT is pleased to announce that Peter Lawrence, Director of Transportation for the Fairport (NY) Public Schools, and his wife Linda have created 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 Nov. 8 through Nov. 11, 2014 in Kansas City, Kansas.

"We have created this endowment to help give back to an industry that does noble work for students across our great nation," said Peter Lawrence. "We hope driver trainers take advantage of the opportunity and we look forward to reviewing the applications."

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 Sept. 12, 2014. A formal announcement declaring the winners will be made on Sept. 19, 2014.

About the Scholarship Partners:
Peter Lawrence is the Director of Transportation for the Fairport Central School District in Fairport, NY, and has served many roles during his tenure, including head mechanic and driver trainer. Lawrence is a Certified Director of Pupil Transportation (CDPT) through NAPT and holds a M.S. Degree in Management from Roberts Wesleyan College, a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Business Administration from SUNY Brockport, and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Rochester.

In addition, Lawrence serves as an NAPT Instructor, teaching training courses nationally and internationally. He has contributed several articles for School Bus Fleet, School Transportation News and the Association of School Business Officials International. Lawrence is a member of NAPT, NYAPT (New York Association for Pupil Transportation) and RATSA (Rochester Area Transportation Supervisors Association).

Linda Lawrence is an art teacher at Greece Central School District, North Greece, NY. She teaches grades K-5 at Paddy Hill School. Linda also owns a glass bead jewelry business called Linda's Bella Bead Jewelry. Every June, she donates 100 percent of the profits from special glass hearts to Joining Hearts and Hands, Ltd., a not for profit corporation. The proceeds from these hearts, called "Hearts for Hannah," are donated to Hannah's Hope Early Childhood Center – Katito in Nyanza Province, Kenya. Over the last four years, Linda has raised/donated over $5,000 to the cause. For more information visit

NAPT's 2014 LED program tackles project management

Join industry leaders from across the nation during NAPT’s 2014 Leading Every Day (LED) program! This year's comprehensive program will include three webinars (August, September & October) and a ½ day face-to-face workshop on Friday, Nov. 7 in Kansas City, Missouri. Our Guest Lecturer, George Pitagorsky, PMP, will cover project management and process improvement with an emphasis on behavioral skills. Register today!

Program objectives:

Space is limited - Act quickly
The registration deadline is Tuesday, July 15* and the program is only open to the first 40 registrants, so reserve your space today!

* In order for this program to be most effective, a minimum of 25 participants registered by Tuesday, July 15 is required. If we do not reach the minimum number of participants, the NAPT Board will reassess the 2014 LED program offering.More

NAPT member completes Special Needs Transportation program

Congratulations to Michelle Charbonneau (Jackson R-2 School District, MO)

By successfully completing this rigorous curriculum geared toward transportation personnel serving students with disabilities, Michelle Charbonneau 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.

Congratulations Michelle!More

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Traffic Safety Facts 2012 / School Bus Highlights
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National Snapshot

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Evolving alt-fuel infrastructure
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