The Houston Independent School District received a Special Recognition Award on April 24 for exemplary transportation performance during the Council of the Great City Schools conference in New Orleans.
Robert Carlson, the Council's director of management services, presented the award that singles out Houston for its use of technology, staff development and training, quick and efficient service and resource stewardship.
"This recognition speaks to the service excellence of the transportation staff," said HISD Chief Operating Officer Leo Bobadilla. "It takes an incredibly strong team to safely transport more than 30,000 students to school every day."
Houston's transportation department has also ranked among the nation's "100 Best Fleets" in North America for four consecutive years and received its most recent award in April at the National Association of Fleet Administrators Institute & EXPO. The department recently received a Telly Award for its education safety training video to promote school bus riding safety. Since October 2013, the video has received almost 40,000 views, the district said.
Nathan Graf, HISD's general manager of transportation, said he is "amazed at the incredible talents" of his staff.
"I am so fortunate to work alongside an awesome group of people," he added. The Council of the Great City Schools brings together the nation's largest urban public school systems in a coalition dedicated to the improvement of education for children in the inner cities. The Council and its member school districts work to help schoolchildren meet the highest standards to become successful and productive members of society.
Editor's note: The "100 Best Fleets" award was incorrectly attributed to the National Association of Fleet Administrators in a previous version of this article. The 100 Best Fleets was created and is run by fleet consultant and author Tom C. Johnson. NAFA provided the stage for this year's awards at its conference in April.