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|NAPT 2015 election update
During NAPT's Annual Summit this November, elections will be held for the following:
To see who currently holds these positions and what states each Region covers, click here.
- Director — Region 3
- Affiliate Member Director
NAPT President Keith Henry, CDPT, Director of Transportation for the Lee's Summit (MO) R7 Schools, is pleased to announce the following nominations:
Pursuant to the Article IV, Section 4.21 of the NAPT By-laws: "Any person who wishes to be a candidate for…President-elect or 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. Any person who wishes to be the Affiliate Member Director must be an affiliate member as defined in Article II, Section 2.12 and have completed two years as a member in good standing before he/she becomes eligible to run for the Board of Directors. An affiliate member is not eligible to be President, President-elect or a regional director."
- Barry Sudduth, CDPT-SNT, Director of Transportation for the Stafford County (VA) Public Schools has been nominated by Barbara Lancaster, Director of Special Transportation Programs, Stafford County (VA) Public Schools to run for President-elect. The nomination was seconded by Cheryl Fisher, CDPT, Director of Transportation Services, Fauquier County (VA) Public Schools.
- Steve Simmons, III, Director of Transportation for the Columbus (OH) Public Schools has been nominated by Jeff Vrabel, President of the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation to run for Director — Region 3. The nomination was seconded by Brad Aemisegger, Director of Transportation, Toledo (OH) Public Schools.
- Dwight Gleaves, Division President — Pupil Transportation for Hyrdotex has been nominated by George E. "Ed" Donn, CDPT, of 247 Security Inc. to run for Affiliate Member Director. The nomination was seconded by R. "Corky" Bynum of Safety Systems & Controls.
ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS — Any NAPT member seeking to vote by absentee ballot must send a written request for a ballot to NAPT headquarters. All requests must be received no later than the close of business on Friday, Sept. 25.
- Anyone interested in running for President-elect must be nominated by two Individual-Active members. This seat may not be held by an Affiliate Member (also called a Business Partner Individual member)
- President-elect is selected by vote of all Individual — Active members
- Anyone interested in running for the Director – Region 3 position must be nominated by a minimum of two Individual-Active members from Region 3 of the association.
- Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region.
- Anyone interested in running for Affiliate Member Director must be nominated by two Affiliate members (also called Business Partner Individual members)
- Affiliate Member Director is selected by vote of all Affiliate (Business Partner Individual) members.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAILED TO VOTERS — Official absentee ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters no later than Friday, Oct. 9.
ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than Friday, Oct. 30.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 10. Elections will be held in Richmond, VA on the Trade Show floor from 10am – 12pm.
|Still time to submit NAPT award nominations
One week 'til deadline!
Recognize a colleague for helping make school transportation the safest, most effective way for 26 million children to get to and home from school each day. Submit a nomination for one of NAPT's six national awards!
Driver Training Award (sponsored by IC Bus) — The NAPT Driver Training Award rewards school districts with exemplary driver training programs. Submit an application online now.
Continuing Education Award (sponsored by Thomas Built Buses) — The NAPT Continuing Education Award enables individuals to access NAPT's education and training programs, both online and in-person. Submit an application online now.
Specialized Transportation Award (sponsored by Sure-Lok International, LLC) — This award was established to give special recognition to an individual or school system that provides exemplary service to students with specialized transportation needs. Submit an application online now.
Heroism Award (sponsored by Blue Bird Corporation) — Our Heroism Award recognizes individuals that have performed an act of rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others, particularly if the individual demonstrated extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save someone else's life at considerable risk to self. Submit an application online now.
Distinguished Service Award — The NAPT Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize an individual who has performed exemplary service for or on behalf of NAPT at the state and/or national level. This is the second highest honor NAPT can bestow on an individual or company. Submit an online application now.
Hall of Fame — Induction into the NAPT Hall of Fame is the highest honor NAPT can bestow. Honorees must meet the highest standards of personal and professional integrity, including distinguished service to both the industry and the Association. Click here to see the NAPT HoF guidelines.
Please consider nominating someone you know for an NAPT Award today.
If you have questions, feel free to contact NAPT Awards Committee Chair Theresa Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org, co-Chair Jerry Milliken at Milliken.email@example.com or NAPT headquarters at 800.989.6278.
|Connect with colleagues in Richmond, VA
Join your colleagues for the premier annual industry event, specifically designed to provide education and training as well as opportunities to engage with thought leaders in the industry. Register today for NAPT's 41St Annual Summit: Engage. Explore. Empower!
Here's what you can expect this year:
Take a look at this year's schedule and session topics.
- Industry leaders addressing the latest trends critical to your day-to-day operations
- Nationally-recognized speakers ready to inspire personal and professional greatness
- Access to the industry's largest Trade Show
- Exclusive place to earn credits towards national certification through Professional Development Series courses
- Connect with peers from across the country and around the world
Plan your travel early. Visit the website for hotel and travel options to and around Richmond, VA.
We look forward to seeing you in Richmond, VA this November.
|NAPT member benefit: multiple $50,000 grants available through Zonar Systems
The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) and technology innovator Zonar Systems again partnered to offer 2015 grants for up to $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment. Grants will be awarded to school districts in the U.S. and Canada that submit proposals for utilizing Zonar's widely acclaimed Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting (EVIR®) system, Global Position System (GPS), Real Time Engine Diagnostics Reporting (J3), Student Tracking (Z Pass), and Ground Traffic Control (GTC) web based software for pupil transportation services.
Beginning this year, the Grant has been named the "Don Carnahan Memorial Grant" in recognition of Don's lifelong contributions to the student transportation industry. Don Carnahan dedicated 45 years to his career in the education and pupil transportation industry including school district administration, department of education administration and private sector employment partnering with education institutions. Don joined Zonar in 2003 and spent 11 years in a leadership role within Zonar. He was also a two term President of NAPT.
Download the grant application details here.
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 2015-16 school year if they so choose. Recipients will also be recognized in November at the NAPT Summit: Engage. Explore. Empower. in Richmond, VA.
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 12, 2015. Zonar will evaluate the applications and make final decisions on an ongoing basis.
Committed to the safe, efficient transportation of students to and from school each day, NAPT is pleased to offer this benefit to members. "With limited budgets, school districts are often challenged when it comes to acquiring leading-edge technology," stated NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin. "Together, NAPT and Zonar are working to help districts across North America enhance student safety, drive efficiency, save real dollars, and improve management with real time tools for pupil transportation systems."
Details on the requirements and application process are at www.napt.org and information about Zonar products and services at www.zonarsystems.com.
NAPT's Summit is right around the corner, and you know what that means...the 2015 jacket from our long-time friends and supporters at IC Bus! Still have your jackets from previous conferences? Send us pictures — we'd love to see them! Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And remember, the only way to get a 2015 IC jacket is to register for NAPT's Summit.
NAPT has offered a number of interesting member webinars throughout 2015. Remember, if you missed any of our webinars, or want to listen again, they are all recorded and available in the 'Member Resources' area of the Members' Only section of the website. Log-in today.
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Twenty-nine percent of U.S. parents say they fear for their child's safety at school. This is down from the 33 percent found immediately after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, but still above the 25 percent measured a few months before that incident occurred. U.S. parents' fears about school safety reached a high of 55 percent in April 1999 after the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado. Parents' concern typically peaks immediately following high-profile shootings — as seen in 2001 (45 percent) after the Santana High School shooting in California, and in 2006 (35 percent) after a shooting in an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania — and then fades. The low point in parental concern (15 percent) came in August 2008.
The Associated Press via Fox Business
Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is proposing to spend $3.6 billion a year for repairs to California's crumbling transportation infrastructure, with some of the money to come from a $65 annual user fee and increases in diesel and gas taxes tied to inflation. The administration confirmed Thursday that it was circulating the plan to legislative leaders and transportation interest groups, which had called for spending $6 billion a year.
District Administration Magazine
Back-to-school has become a thing of the past in an increasing number of districts that keep class in session all year. The number of public, year-round schools — also called "balanced-calendar" schools — increased by 26 percent from 2007 to 2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. More than 3,700 schools operate year-round nationwide, accounting for about 4 percent of all public schools. About 11 percent of them are charters.
The overall economy continued to expand across most sectors and regions of the country from July to mid-August, and reports on transportation activity were mixed but mostly positive overall, the Federal Reserve said. Trucking activity was stable in the Richmond district but declined in the Atlanta district, with the Dallas district reporting only slight growth in transportation, the Fed said in its Beige Book report released Sept. 2. The survey is based on reports gathered by regional Fed banks to give an anecdotal picture of the economy.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's annual back-to-school bus tour is back in action and headed for the Midwest. And this year's focus goes beyond K-12 policy. The theme is "Ready for Success" with a lot of emphasis on the bookends of the edu-spectrum: early and higher education. The tour kicks off on September 14 and Duncan plant to make stops at a preschool in Kansas City, Missouri; a high school in Iowa to talk about college affordability with students and parents. And, also in Iowa, Duncan will chat with teacher leaders and shadow coaches at a middle school.
Crain's Detroit Business
Thirty-five propane gas-fueled Blue Bird Vision Propane buses will go on the road in Detroit this school year to transport Detroit Public School students. ABC Student Transportation, which transports the students, said the Blue Bird buses are powered by Livonia-based Roush CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems, said Charlie Grant, ABC president. The propane costs 50 percent less than diesel per gallon, or 74 cents per gallon versus $3 for diesel.
A government finance watchdog group urged the Chicago Board of Education to reject a "financially risky" proposed fiscal 2016 budget because it is out of balance and does not provide a road map for solving the school system's fiscal crisis. The Chicago-based Civic Federation said the $5.7 billion operating budget facing a board vote tackles a $1.1 billion deficit with $480 million in yet-to-be approved state of Illinois funding and $200 million from debt restructuring.
It’s that time of the year. Summer vacations are almost over. For most kids, this time of summer has been about finishing the readings and completing the packets that were handed out to them as summer work. As a result, school often conjures up ideas about reading, writing and arithmetic (the "three R's"). But this approach is both problematic and myopic. As pressures to meet standards in the three R's increase, other areas fall off the radar. Having an answer to a question becomes more important than knowing how to think about it.
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
The wonder of technology has its downside, and one of the most driving concerns is the breach of privacy. When student data is in question, there is sufficient cause for worry. The increasing reliance on online educational tools and third-party software to maintain curriculum has led to a new kind of data mining. The student population has become a target demographic for many industries, and now these companies have ready-made information that can be bought for a price.
The Washington Post
The nation's large and persistent education achievement gaps are rooted in a largely hidden crisis of chronic absenteeism from school, especially among low-income and minority children, according to a new report that compiles recent research on school attendance. School districts tend to focus on truancy, or skipping class. But that focus misses a big part of the problem, according to the report by two nonprofits: Attendance Works, a group that seeks to highlight the connection between attendance and academic success, and the Healthy Schools Campaign.
Kids learn to covet three-day weekends from the time they first enter grade school. Labor Day weekend and other random holidays provide the chance to escape school a day early and have more time for leisure activities. Now, a new study on students' reading and math scores finds a permanent four-day school week may actually be beneficial to education. Published in Education Finance and Policy, the study compared fourth and fifth-grade reading and math tests from the Colorado Student Assessment Program; students were both participating in four- and five-day school weeks.
Have you ever done your children's homework for them? Have you driven to school to drop off an assignment that they forgot? Have you done a college student's laundry? What about coming along to Junior's first job interview? These examples are drawn from two new books — How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims and The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey. Both are by women writing from their experience as parents and as educators. Lahey is a middle school teacher and a writer for The New York Times and The Atlantic; Lythcott-Haims was the longtime freshman dean at Stanford.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition,
by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $19.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $29.99, plus shipping.
To order your copy, please email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new Certification in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) click here.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition contains new and updated information, including useful definitions of transportation and related special education terms as well as characteristics of children with special needs and special considerations for transporting children with special needs. This popular publication also explains the legal basis for special needs transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and contains information about new Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations.
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