Paul Rothschild joins Bergstrom Inc. as a regional sales manager. He brings five years of experience in school transportation.
Senators confirmed Chao for the Cabinet position in a 93-6 vote.
As leader of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Chao’s purview includes two agencies that have oversight of various aspects of pupil transportation: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
In a Senate hearing on Jan. 11, Chao gave an indication of her outlook as a regulator.
“First and foremost, safety will continue to be the primary objective,” she said during the hearing. “Regulatory decisions should be rooted in analysis derived from sound science and data with risked-based analysis that prevents accidents before they occur, and considers both the cost and the benefits of new rulemakings.”
As previously reported, Chao served as secretary of labor for all eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency, 2001 to 2009. She was the first Asian American woman to be appointed to a president’s Cabinet in the nation’s history.
Chao also has government experience in the transportation sector. She has served as deputy secretary of the U.S. DOT, chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, and deputy maritime administrator. She also has a more personal tie to the Washington establishment: She is married to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Chao came to the U.S. as an immigrant from Taiwan at age 8. At the time, she spoke no English. She went on to earn an economics degree from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) signaled its support for Chao when Trump initially nominated her.
“We look forward to working with her on issues affecting the private school bus industry and commend her for her long and distinguished record of leadership in government service,” NSTA said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Chao also got an endorsement from Ray LaHood, former U.S. secretary of transportation and now co-chair of infrastructure group Building America's Future.
“I am confident that under her leadership, the future of our roads, rails, runways, and transit systems will be in good hands,” LaHood said. “Secretary Chao has a strong understanding of Washington and how to engage the private sector, as well as the importance of consulting with mayors and governors.”
More than 110 transportation personnel and school officials attend the Ohio stop of the OEM’s tour, which offers educational sessions and ride-and-drives.
A training event at Stafford County (Va.) Public Schools shows drivers the importance of school bus evacuation training. The concept will come to the NAPT conference this fall.
A school bus company owner is also among those sentenced in a scheme that allowed more than 200 people to evade exams for permits and licenses, New Jersey prosecutors say.
The Delaware district will move to a three-tier school schedule and change start times to reduce the number of drivers needed as it deals with the most severe shortage it has ever experienced.
A veteran shop manager and technician shares advice on creating a checklist that catches the little things and helps to make complete repairs.
Jim Clark is appointed to the role at CEI, which supplies chassis castings and engine mountings for the school bus industry.
With a broad spectrum of bus staff, Nebraska’s Kearney Public Schools finds that the act of assembling a jigsaw puzzle helps build camaraderie and boost retention.
A grand jury in Marin County calls for a coordinated school bus service to curb traffic congestion.
Four school bus operators from four states find common ground in dealing with driver shortage, tapping into the benefits of GPS and video cameras, and assessing fuel options. For the most part, they’re sticking with diesel for now, but one is seeing success with an electric bus.
The Propane Research & Education Council unveils a video that highlights autogas growth in the school transportation market.
Out of more than 12,000 school buses inspected by the state’s Highway Patrol this year, 10,888 are found to have no defects. Others require repairs.
Authorities say students were to blame for a school bus incident in Grants Pass, Oregon, that reportedly sparked misleading accounts on social media.
The retired state director, who died at age 92, is remembered as a vital source of guidance for Tennessee’s local transportation directors.
Montgomery County (Va.) Public Schools acquires the landmark C2. Thomas Built launched the model in 2004 with a new production facility.