School Bus Fleet

November 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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41 N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 4 • S C H O O L B U S F L E E T VENTILATION AND EMERGENCY EXIT ROOF HATCH SMART Hatch THE SMART HATCH FOR A SMART FIT SMART is an emergency and ventilation roof hatch designed to meet all the demands of the North American bus market segments. SMART is designed to f t into the common roof cut-out found on most buses in North America. In most cases there are no modif cations required to the bus roof when installing or replacing your existing roof hatch. Highlights: • Complies with all applicable FMVSS & CMVSS Safety Standards • Easy, one-movement emergency release and reattaching system • Leak free, double-seal design to prevent water intrusion • Easy mounting options: • Bonding • Screwing • Clips (when mounting from the interior of the bus) Spheros North America, Inc. 5536 Research Drive Canton, MI 48188 Phone 734-218-7350 Fax 734-487-1569 Theresa Anderson Owner/Principal TM Anderson Consulting LLC How did you get your start in the school bus industry? My daughter was 6 months old, and my mother, who was a trainer for Jefferson County, said why not drive a bus? So I thought, OK, I will do this for a while. Well, that was 24 years ago. Current job duties? I am grateful for my experiences and network within a school district; however, as a consultant, I am able to leverage my back- ground in fnance, special education, training and scheduling to bring streamlined operations and maximize resources. Due to the continued fnancial burdens, and ineffcient systems and processes, districts may feel limited. I love and appreciate hav- ing the opportunity to fnd the various options. Top achievements? Hands down, it's my family. We grew quickly by blending our families. I am so very proud of the fve children we raised and what outstanding people they are. To hear them refer to each other as brother and sister, not "step," is amazing. Our family continues to grow, with two daughters-in-law, a granddaugh- ter plus another baby due this spring. David [Anderson, who is the director of transportation at Colorado's Adams 12 Five Star Schools] and I recently became empty nesters after Matt, John and Samantha graduated college and started successful careers, and my twins Ryan and Taylor left for school. Professionally, it is identify- ing districts that are not utilizing all the funding sources available; over $1 million was identifed for a district. Outside interests? I love to cook. Other interests include spoiling my 180-pound Malamute (named Diesel), con- certs and continuing education — my marketing degree will be completed soon. Something people would be surprised to learn about you? My Polish/Irish heritage is a point of pride (yep, I am a blonde Polack that loves to hear all of the jokes). My grandparents were from Poland and were sent to a Nazi work camp in Germany, where my mother was born. Our family continues to admire their perseverance to survive and become American citizens. We are determined to keep the memories and traditions alive. Transportation consultant Theresa Anderson (back row, second from left) ranks her growing family as her top achievement. Born: Millington, Tennessee Home: Littleton, Colorado Years in industry: 24

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