David Anderson, director of transportation and fleet service at Colorado's Adams 12 Five Star Schools, was last year's Administrator of the Year.
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Do you know an exemplary school transportation director who deserves recognition for his or her efforts? SBF is getting ready to select a recipient for our annual Administrator of the Year award. The deadline for nominations, Aug. 30, draws nigh.

David Anderson, the director of transportation and fleet service at Adams 12 Five Star Schools, has long been a proponent of adopting alternative fuels and retrofitting older diesel buses to reduce emissions.
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David Anderson named SBF's Administrator of the Year

The director of transportation and fleet service at Colorado’s Adams 12 Five Star Schools has orchestrated adjustments to school bell times to make busing more efficient, for an overall savings of $900,000. He has also set up mechanic apprenticeship programs to help young people enter the field.

SBF Executive Editor Thomas McMahon (left) presents David Anderson, director of transportation and fleet at Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Thornton, Colo., with the 2012 Administrator of the Year award at the NAPT awards banquet on Sunday night in Memphis, Tenn.
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David Anderson named SBF's Administrator of the Year

The director of transportation and fleet at Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Thornton, Colo., has orchestrated adjustments to school bell times to make busing more efficient, for an overall savings of $900,000. He has also taken steps to help other districts become more efficient, serving as chair of the Metro Area Transportation Efficiency Study, a program that uses metrics to allow districts to compare themselves to others of a similar size and to find efficiencies.

Mike Connors began his career at Escambia County School District in Pensacola, Fla., and joined Brevard Public Schools’ transportation department in 2000.  
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Florida’s Mike Connors retires

The longtime director of transportation at Brevard Public Schools reflects on his career and tells SBF that he is grateful for the recognition he and his staff have received from the publication. Assistant Director of Transportation Arby Creach discusses Connors’ impact on the operation and what lies ahead for the staff.

Pete Japikse has retired from state service, but he will soon begin a new role with the Ohio School Boards Association in which he said he will “continue working with the great people in this business.”
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Ohio state director Pete Japikse steps down

The 32-year veteran of pupil transportation retires from state service, but he will soon begin a new role with the Ohio School Boards Association in which he says he will “continue working with the great people in this business.”

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REMINDER: Nominate a great administrator

Do you know an exemplary school transportation director who deserves some recognition for his or her efforts? The deadline for nominations for our 2012 Administrator of the Year award is fast approaching!

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Nominate a great administrator

Do you know an exemplary school transportation director who deserves some recognition for his or her efforts? We’re getting ready to select a recipient for our 2012 Administrator of the Year award, and we’re accepting nominations.

Steve Kalmes, the longtime director of transportation services for Anchorage School District, has also served as president of NAPT.
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Industry veteran Steve Kalmes to retire

The Anchorage, Alaska, director of transportation has not only served as president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation, he has attended the annual conference for more than 30 years in a row. He tells SBF that after retiring in July, he will remain active in the industry — and will attend the next NAPT conference.

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Rebel with a cause

I never met Joe Mirabella, but I got the sense that he was committed to doing what he felt was right — even if that meant going against the grain.

Colleagues remember Joe Mirabella as "a mentor to me and many others" and "a giant here in Colorado."
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Transportation leader pushed for efficiency, bus ads

Joe Mirabella, who died Sunday at 68, co-founded an innovative program to help Colorado's school districts boost transportation efficiency, and he promoted advertising on school buses — a controversial stance. Colleagues remember him as "a mentor to me and many others" and "a giant here in Colorado."

Early in his pupil transportation management career, Mike Connors went through school bus driver training and got a CDL. He still drives a bus from time to time.
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Mike Connors: driven to lead

SBF's 2011 Administrator of the Year reinforces the vital role his school bus drivers play in students’ development. The veteran director oversees a large operation and dedicates himself to industry causes.

Mike Connors, the director of transportation at Florida’s Brevard Public Schools, oversees an operation of more than 400 route buses, but he shows an exemplary level of personal attention to customers.
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Mike Connors named Administrator of the Year

The director of transportation at Florida’s Brevard Public Schools oversees an operation of more than 400 route buses, but he shows an exemplary level of personal attention to customers. He also just served a two-year term as president of his state association.

Peter Lawrence (left), director of transportation at Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District, talks with NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin after Lawrence received the association’s Distinguished Service Award.
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Pupil transporters honored for service, safety excellence

School bus driver John Fothergill and Peter Lawrence of Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District were among the honorees at Sunday's NAPT awards banquet. During Monday's celebratory breakfast, this year's "America's Best" school bus technician and inspector were among the individuals recognized for their achievements.

Industry stalwart Donald Tudor has stepped down from his longtime post as South Carolina's state director of school transportation.
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Donald Tudor retires after 20 years as state director

The industry stalwart from South Carolina plans to remain active in pupil transportation, offering consulting services to school districts. Tim Camp, who has been working for Tudor for the past seven years, is named the new state director.

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