Special Needs

Maine Team Crowned Special Needs Roadeo Champs

FRISCO, Texas — Maine took home the top prize Saturday night at the 18th Annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo, co-sponsored by School Transportation News and the National Association for Pupil Transportation. Drivers Lisa Gadway and Gregg McGoff from the Maine School Administrative District #49 earned first place for their performance in the competition.

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Student Transporter Shares About Living With a Disability

Ben Cockram's career trajectory is no different than many others in student transportation. He started out as a school bus driver and worked his way up the ranks to transportation manager. Yet Ben is different because he has lived with a minor case of cerebral palsy his entire life, a disability that has actually enabled him to have an adjunct career as motivational speaker.

Webster Groves Selects Ride Right for McKinney-Vento Transportation

Ride Right, LLC recently announced that it has partnered with the Webster Groves School District in the St. Louis area to provide transportation for displaced students covered by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Under McKinney-Vento, school districts must ensure displaced students—children who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence—receive free transportation to and from their school of origin. Ride Right began transporting a portion of the District’s McKinney-Vento students to and from school and after-school activities on March 1.

TSD Video Contest Winner Announced

Rhonda Fiddler, a bus driver and special needs trainer for Cherokee County School District in Georgia, won the 2015 TSD Conference Video Contest. Her fun yet informative video described the extensive training Cherokee County provides to its trainers, but noted how attending the TSD Conference would supplement the school district’s training to its bus drivers and attendants on student mobility and occupant restraint issues.