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<p>Dr. Linda F. Bluth is past president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation and special initiatives education program specialist at the Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.</p>

Special Needs Transportation

Don't take a back seat in the IEP process

Dr. Linda Bluth says that under specific circumstances, transportation personnel should play a key role in transportation decisions for children with disabilities, long before a child has been assigned to a school bus route. It is essential to recognize that all children with disabilities eligible for transportation services do not require the same level of specialized intervention.

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<p>School District of Manatee County Vehicle Maintenance Parts Manager Jerilynn Boling says the team works closely with the department's vendors and makes decisions daily based upon data from reports. Parts inventory is tracked and maintained several ways, including running a cycle count daily so that throughout the year, every part is counted at least one time. Pictured is a work station area where the majority of parts are stored. The district's fleet comprises 216 school buses and 186 support vehicles. In addition, the team maintains approximately 2,500 pieces of off-road equipment, such as a tractor.</p> PHOTOS: Florida District's Vehicle Maintenance Parts Department

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