School Bus Fleet

August 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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56 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 w w w. c h i l d c h e c k m a t e . c o m 1 - 8 7 7 - 4 9 4 - 8 2 2 2 ment to safety and excellence every day through his work," said JOHN PIKE, general manager of Durham's Spokane facility. "When it comes to maintaining our buses and ensuring passenger safety, we go above and beyond state and federal require- ments. We are proud to have Joe join our other two Spokane master techni- cians in leading our effort to ensure excellence in our maintenance opera- tions." To become a certifed ASE master technician requires months of study- ing and passing six main parts to the test. To remain certifed, the techni- cians must take and pass a recertifca- tion test every fve years. Durham's Spokane location pro- vides student transportation services for Spokane Public Schools, Nine Mile Falls School District and St. George's School. STEVE CHARLTON, vice president and chief technical offcer for Cummins Inc.'s engine business, has retired after more than 20 years with the company. Charlton joined Cummins in 1993. His notable efforts during his career with the company included working on early plans for the V-8 light-duty diesel engine and leading the development of heavy-duty engine products to meet the 2007 EPA emissions standards. He is succeeded in his most recent role by JENNIFER RUMSEY, who has been named vice president of engineering for Cummins' engine business. Rum- sey joined Cummins in 2000. After working in pu- pil transportation for more than 25 years, MICHAEL DALLES- SANDRO has taken a job "on the outside," as he puts it. The school bus veteran recently accepted an offer to serve as human resources manager at the Buffalo, New York, lo- cation of Rural/Metro Medical, which is a private ambulance and fre pro- tection services provider. "My background in school transpor- tation large vehicle feets and union- ized labor teams, combined with my 32 years' experience in emergency services as a volunteer frefghter, former paramedic and emergency services consultant, was a natural ft," Dallessandro told SBF. Dallessandro will continue to offer his school bus expertise as a consul- tant, trainer and speaker. In June, he gave a presentation at the Oklahoma Association for Pupil Transportation's annual conference. Dallessandro, who has written many articles and serves on the edi- torial advisory board for SBF, began his career in school transportation in 1988 at Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District in Buffalo. Most recently, he served as supervisor of transportation at Livonia (N.Y.) Cen- tral School District. JOSEPH MAREK, a technician for Dur- ham School Services in Spokane, Wash- ington, has earned his master technician certifcation from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Marek is among 19 Durham employees who hold master technician status. Currently, there are only 1,483 master school bus technicians in the U.S., according to Durham. "Joe showcases our commit- people Dallessandro Charlton Rumsey Marek Share your 'People' news Help us spread the word about school bus industry personnel appointments, retirements, awards and passings. E-mail announcements to

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