The New York Association for Pupil Transportation's Nassau chapter selects Deanna Jankowski, a lead school bus driver with Educational Bus Transportation, as its “Driver of the Year.” Jankowski oversees 29 district routes.
The family-run school bus company’s loyalty and service and the manufacturer’s quality products and knowledge have helped them stick together for half a century.
Educational Bus Transportation, which provides transportation services to Copiague Public Schools, supplies the bus, which has a range of up to 120 miles before it requires charging.
Ohio-based VAT adapts and goes the extra mile for customers with additional services, including school bus pre-inspection and driver and bus leasing.
Johnston (Iowa) Community School District already has cameras on two of its 75 buses, but may equip the whole fleet with them after a driver was charged with assaulting a special-needs student.
Industry veteran Carmen Tomeo, who has been with the company since 1997, was recently named CEO. Cynthia Reed, who began with the company in 1995, was named chief administrative officer.
The company presented awards in the categories of Safety, Customer, People, Community and Excellence at a celebration in London on March 26.
Partnering with law enforcement, taking advantage of federal security assessments and student tracking are some of the measures contractors are taking to ensure a safer school bus ride.
Ten years ago, only about 4% of school districts in the state outsourced school bus services, according to a report from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
The contractor will provide Pine-Richland School District in Pittsburgh with 77 propane-fueled school vehicles starting with the 2015-16 school year.
The demonstration day, to be held by the New York School Bus Contractors Association and the Suffolk Region PTA, will highlight safety features on school buses and driver training requirements.
The move would help taxpayers and school districts save nearly $14 million per year, according to the New York School Bus Contractors Association.
The New York School Bus Contractors Association presents four awards recognizing individuals who went above and beyond to provide service to school districts and communities and to ensure child safety.