School Bus Fleet

July 2014

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54 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • J U L Y 2 0 1 4 Salmon Valley School District. Two years later, Schalk became a driver trainer for the district. After another two years, in 1980, she was appointed transportation supervisor. She was later promoted to the title director of transportation. One of Schalk's key contributions to pupil transportation was her role in training driver trainers. In 1983, she became lead instructor for Washington state's driver trainer program — in addi- tion to her role at White Salmon Valley School District. In 1997, Schalk began lobbying the state for funding for a new transporta- tion facility. As a key factor in securing funds, Schalk formed a transportation cooperative with three neighboring school districts for maintenance, train- ing and other operational services. Washington approved the funding for the new White Salmon facility, and in 2002, Schalk and her staff moved into the new facility. After about 34 years in pupil transpor- tation, Schalk retired in January 2010. A few months later, the White Salmon district's board of directors dedicated the transportation facility in Schalk's honor, naming it the Sharon E. Schalk Transpor- tation Center. Schalk was diagnosed with cancer in December. Her husband of 50 years, El- don, cared for her until she passed away. people The New York School Bus Contractors Association board recently voted to elect ROBERT "BOB" PAPE as its new president. Pape has served on the New York School Bus Contractors As- sociation board of directors since 2007, and he has been a member of the as- sociation since 2005. Offcials said he brings to the role more than 40 years of experience in pupil transportation. He is currently partner and offcer sec- retary with Dell Transportation in Port Washington, N.Y. Pape also serves as the fnance chair for the National School Transportation Association. JOE LEGGETT has been named direc- tor of sales at Type A school and activity bus manufacturer Col- lins Bus Corp. In the new role, Leggett will work primarily with Collins Bus distribu- tors in the western regions of the U.S. and Canada. He will be responsible for generating new vehicle sales, providing sales support to dealers and attending major industry events and dealer confer- ences. Internally, Leggett will work close- ly with Collins Bus plant personnel to improve features on existing models and develop new products. Leggett comes to Collins from bus mirror manufacturer Rosco Vision Systems, where he was re- gional sales manager in the western U.S. He also has past industry experience with Radio Engineering Industries. ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ SHARON SCHALK, who was a driving force in instructing Washington state's school bus driver trainers and who pushed for funding for a much-needed new transportation facility, died on April 25 at the age of 69. Schalk began her pupil transportation career in 1976 as a bus driver for White Share Your Announcements — Help us spread the news about your associates. School districts, private contractors, government agencies and industry representatives are encouraged to submit notices of appointments, promotions, awards, etc. Please send your announcements to SCHOOL BUS FLEET, 3520 Challenger St., Torrance, CA 90503. Announcements can be faxed to (310) 533-2512 or e-mailed to Pape Leggett Schalk

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