Maintenance

Iowa holds 'Best of the Best' technician competition

Posted on April 23, 2010
William Ostrander of Johnston Community School District was the winner of this year's competition and will go on to compete at the national level.
William Ostrander of Johnston Community School District was the winner of this year's competition and will go on to compete at the national level.

DES MOINES — Iowa held its second annual "Best of the Best" school bus technician competition at Thomas Bus Sales here on April 17. 

William Ostrander of the Johnston Community School District (CSD) was the winner of this year's competition and will go on to compete at the national level in Jasper, Ind., in September during the "America's Best" competition.

The competition was a cooperative effort of the Iowa Department of Education; the Iowa Pupil Transportation Association; the Iowa Association of School Boards; and Thomas Bus Sales. A number of other sponsors helped to round out the competition by providing tools, gloves and additional funding.

The Iowa "Best of the Best" competition consisted of a 50-question knowledge test, along with four school bus stations where each technician had to diagnose the source of the mechanical problem on each particular bus.

Thirteen school bus technicians from 11 school districts in Iowa were enrolled in the competition:

  • Chris Errthum of the Western Dubuque CSD
  • Jim Hummel of the Panorama CSD
  • Ron Johnson of the Burlington CSD
  • Kevin Kludy of the North Scott CSD
  • Jason Logan of the Indianola CSD
  • Jared Miller of the SE Polk CSD
  • Chad Novotny of the Marshalltown CSD
  • William Ostrander of the Johnston CSD
  • Mark Possehl of the Grundy Center CSD
  • George Rish of the Johnston CSD
  • Kevin Talley of the SE Polk CSD
  • John Thorson of the Norwalk CSD
  • Mark VanderMeiden of the Oskaloosa CSD
Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Ian McKerlich will serve as Zonar’s new president and CEO.
News

Zonar Announces New CEO, Other Executive Hires

Ian McKerlich will serve as Zonar’s new president and CEO, replacing Brett Brinton, who remains with the organization as a strategic advisor. The company also makes two new key technology hires.

Navistar's analytics team is among the winners of the first Analytics 50 Awards, which have been created to honor 50 companies using analytics to solve business challenges. Seen here is the Navistar Proving Grounds in Indiana.
News

Navistar Analytics Team Wins Award

The manufacturer’s analytics team is among the winners of the first Analytics 50 Awards, which have been created to honor 50 companies using analytics to solve business challenges.

News

Transfinder, Synovia Sign Reseller Agreement

Transfinder expects the agreement, the first in its 28-year history, to increase its exposure in both the K-12 and non-K-12 markets and strengthen Synovia’s product offerings in both sectors as well.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!