School Bus Fleet

August 2014

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8 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 feedback pupil transportation industry better as a whole. Keep up the great work. CHRIS ELLISON Transportation Manager Eugene (Ore.) School District 4J Directors shouldn't be shared [Re: "Is a Shared Transportation Direc- tor Good for Your Operation?" April/ May 2014 issue, pg. 24.] Great article. I would respectfully dis- agree [with those who say] that sharing a supervisor, in the long haul, is a great idea. Any way that the concept of shar- ing a transportation supervisor between two school districts is advanced will never replace the fact that leadership is essential, especially in our profession. "Absent" leadership/management prac- tices will, sooner or later, prove this con- cept wrong. I can't back my statement here with data or facts, but I do know this: Hav- ing been in leadership positions since 1976, I've seen both sides of strong, pres- ent leadership and weak, ineffectual "ab- sent" leadership. My colleagues in New York state who have been forced into this type of shared position will tell you in private that it is not working like every- one else is saying in public. Our school bus drivers, mechanics and bus atten- dants — and, more importantly, our chil- dren — deserve nothing less than our full attention each and every time. AL KARAM Director of Transportation Shenendehowa Central Schools Clifton Park, N.Y. Correction In the "Alt-Fuel School Bus Options Are Growing" feature in the June 2014 issue, pg. 16, an incorrect number of fuel tanks was listed for the Thomas Built Buses propane- powered Saf-T-Liner C2. The bus has a two- tank setup. Good plan for evacuation drills [Re: "District's new plan targets better bus evacuation drills," June 2014 issue, pg. 8, and Schoolbusfeet. com, April 9.] Great idea! In the local district I last worked in many years ago, we did something very similar in using teams of drivers and getting all students and faculty involved in the evacuation drills. We would target the PE classes, as all students were required to have PE, thus increasing our chances of making sure every student in school would get the training. Never thought about chocking the wheels, but that tru- ly adds a great deal of safety to the en- tire procedure. MAX CHRISTENSEN Executive Offcer, School Transportation Iowa Department of Education Des Moines, Iowa We basically do this same process, only we pick a day that school lunch is usual- ly eaten a little quicker. Then, before they go to play outside, each class comes out and goes through the evacuation drill. We are planning to use our local law en- forcement to help with this, hoping it will help keep the students' attention. Transportation Director Iowa Kudos for colleague's doctorate [Re: "Committed to lifelong learning," which described how Peter Lawrence, director of transportation for Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District, earned his doctorate. June 2014 issue, pg. 52, and Schoolbusfeet.com, June 10.] Congratulations on completing a very ambitious goal. You are very passionate about our industry and dedicated, which is always good to see. KATHY SWIER Driver Trainer Douglas County School District Littleton, Colorado Congratulations! What a wonderful and prestigious accomplishment. Peter is an inspiration to all of us — not only making himself better, but making the WRITE TO US We welcome letters expressing opinions on SCHOOL BUS FLEET and topics it covers. Letters may be edited and become property of the magazine. 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