School Bus Fleet

October 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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the division's budget decreased from $85 million during 2008-09 to $81 mil- lion for 2011-12. During this period, the division consistently posted an under- budget aggregate return of $38 million, which afforded more dollars for the classroom. Transportation services improved its performance in several ways from 2010 to 2013, including sustained on- time arrival of buses of better than 98% each year. In addition, the transporta- tion cost per student has been reduced from $914 in 2010 to $869 in 2013. The Governor's Sterling Award has been given to organizations and busi- nesses in Florida for 22 years. It is awarded by the Florida Sterling Coun- cil. The Orange County Public Schools operations division is a frst-time recip- ient of the award. 39 O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 • S C H O O L B U S F L E E T Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools, which was recently honored by the state for performance excellence, pre- pared its more than 1,600 school bus drivers, monitors and support staff for the new school year with its annual fall training conference. The event was held over two days at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Among the topics covered were student discipline, bullying, cus- tomer service, safe driving strategies, special-needs student management and safe stops. In May, the district's operations di- vision was one of two recipients of the Governor's Sterling Award, which is the highest award an organization can receive for performance excellence in Florida. Florida district trains 1,600 transportation staff, wins award Orange County Public Schools prepared its school bus drivers, monitors and support staff for the new school year with its annual fall training conference. SBF TOP 100 NEWS Orange County Public Schools' operations di- vision received the Governor's Sterling Award, which recognizes performance excellence. The district's transportation department has sustained bus on-time arrival at 98% or better. Veteran New York director moves to new district Michael Dallessandro recently became transportation director at Greece (N.Y.) Central School District. Dal- lessandro assumed the new position with the ninth largest district in the state effective Aug. 26. He leaves a position as human resources manager at the Buffalo, New York, location of Rural/Metro Medical, which is a private ambulance and fre pro- tection services provider. Dallessandro has worked in pupil transportation for more than 25 years and has 32 years of experience in emergency services as a volunteer frefghter. He has served as a consultant, trainer, speaker and human resources manager, as well as the transportation di- rector for other districts in New York. "The Governor's Sterling Award winners refect our focus of making Florida the best state in the nation to live, work and raise a family," Gov. Rick Scott said. "I congratulate this year's top-performing Sterling Award recipients." The district's operations division provides essential goods and servic- es to more than 187,000 students and 22,000 employees in 184 schools and 16 facilities located in Orange Coun- ty. It manages transportation, food and nutrition services, safety and security, building code compliance and envi- ronmental compliance. Offcials said the operations division demonstrates a focus on cost contain- ment through improved effciency and sustained performance. For example, Michael Dallessandro recently became the new transportation director at Greece (N.Y.) Central School District. He assumed the new position with the ninth largest district in the state effective Aug. 26.

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