Industry icon George (Ed) Donn recently retired from school bus video surveillance and management company 247 Security, Inc. to conclude a 43-year career in student transportation that includes a place in the National Association for Pupil Transportation's Hall of Fame as well as a Distinguished Service Award.
The TransPar Group of Companies, a partnership of three leading organizations from across the school transportation industry that offers a diverse portfolio of products and services, announced that one of its partner companies, School Bus Consultants (SBC), has added Pete Meslin as a consultant to join SBC’s team of industry-leading school transportation experts. SBC is the largest and most experienced consultancy dedicated exclusively to the design, management and operations of school transportation programs.
Patti Royce-Moser, a longtime routing coordinator with Educational Bus Transportation, has been promoted to vice president of operations. Educational bus, a member of the Trans Group family of bus operations, is one of Long Island's largest school transportation providers, serving districts throughout Nassau County and western Suffolk County. The Royce-Moser annoucement was made by Trans Group President John Corr, Jr.
WILMERDING, Pa. – Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) has appointed Donald M. Itzkoff as Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs. Itzkoff comes to Wabtec from General Electric Company, where he led U.S. government affairs for GE Transportation. He previously served as Deputy Federal Railroad Administrator in the Clinton administration and earlier was senior majority counsel with the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
NEW YORK - The New York School Bus Contractors Association announced today that it has presented First Student Bus Driver, Bobby DeLee, with its first NYSBCA Industry-Wide Employee of the Month award. Each month the NYSBCA will be recognizing a member’s employee, including drivers, matrons, mechanics, and office staff, who demonstrate an unmatched commitment to student safety and exceptional service to their school districts, communities, and companies.
Last April, Bobby DeLee was transporting a group of thirteen students home from Frazer K-8 School in Syracuse when he smelled smoke coming from inside the bus. He immediately pulled over in front of a nearby school and, as smoke started to fill up inside the bus, Bobby safely evacuated all the children and brought them inside the building. He then went out again to make sure there was no one else onboard the bus before it was engulfed in flames. Earlier this month, DeLee was honored for his bravery by the American Red Cross of Central New York during its 19th annual Real Heroes Breakfast.
“Bobby DeLee truly represents the best that our industry has to offer and due to his training, quick thinking, and rapid response to a dangerous situation, he was able to prevent any injuries and save the lives of all of the children riding on his bus that day,” said New York School Bus Contractors Association President Bree Allen. “Bobby sets the standard for others to follow and we are thrilled to honor him by recognizing him with our inaugural Industry-Wide Employee of the Month award.”
DeLee has been a driver with First Student, serving the Syracuse City School District, for eleven years. He says he first decided to become a driver because he wanted to help kids, and that he will continue to strive to be the safest bus driver possible in the years to come.
About: The New York School Bus Contractors Association is an organization representing over one hundred school transportation companies, also known as school bus contractors. The industry transports more than half of all the children who ride a school bus to and from school each day. The Association’s primary mission is to promote safe, reliable and cost-effective student transportation services for New York’s school children. For more information, please visit: www.nysbca.com
This holiday season, several school bus drivers spread tidings of comfort and joy by donning Santa outfits or handing out presents.
An Illinois school employee is retiring after a “rewarding” 35 years of driving school buses and training almost 1,000 drivers.