The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) recently announced that nine school transportation professionals have earned their Special Needs Transportation (SNT) endorsement.
The training program offers a rigorous curriculum designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of transporters working with special needs students. Among the topics covered in the courses are child passenger safety restraint and safety “roadeos.”
The latest NAPT members to receive the SNT endorsement are:
- Annette McLamb, Routing Specialist with Suffolk City Public Schools – Suffolk, Virginia
- Jennifer McCron, Dispatcher with Parkview Transit – Brampton, Ontario , Canada
- Will Rosa, Director of Transportation with Parkway School District – Chesterfield, Missouri
- Maggie Broerman, Director of Safety & Training with Student Transportation of America – Carnegie, Pennsylvania
- Michelle Charbonneau, Assistant to Transportation Director with Jackson R-2 School District – Jackson, Missouri
- Cathy Scheer, Training Supervisor with Student Transportation of America – Riverside, California
- Kathleen Callon, Director of Transportation with East Irondequoit CSD – Rochester, New Y ork
- Wanda Cooper, Head Bus Driver with East Irondequoit CSD – Rochester, New Y ork
- Victoria Creech, Training Representative with Orange County Public Schools – Orlando, Florida
These additions bring the total number of industry professionals with the endorsement to 84.
Last month, NAPT announced it has modified the special needs training program. Starting July 1, applications for the endorsement program would no longer be accepted, and those interested in training can participate in the new program for Certification in Special Needs Transportation.
Those already enrolled in the endorsement program before these changes have the option of continuing the coursework towards the endorsement, with a deadline of 2016. They can also finish this coursework and take an additional three courses to earn the certification.
Courses counting towards the endorsement will be offered at STN's upcoming TSD Conference in Frisco, Texas.