As a driver and as an instructor, Jill Winger found effective ways to connect with passengers and address difficult behavior. She retires on Friday.
FREDERICTON, New Brunswick — The province has formally adopted as official policy the standards for extracurricular travel and school vehicle maintenance that were introduced in 2008, as reported here.
The policies mandate increased training for drivers who transport students; additional funding for extracurricular transportation; that schools may not acquire 15-passenger vans for the purpose of transporting students; and the mandatory use of winter tires.
In addition, the Department of Transportation will take over maintenance of school-operated vehicles to ensure consistency, with schools still responsible for maintenance costs.
The new policies are based on the recommendations of a government working group established in the wake of a fatal van accident on a high school basketball trip in 2008.
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The former NYAPT president and district director will manage the 19-A program and personnel for the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute.
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